Fickman to helm ‘Dead Body’ remake

Pic is a co-production between Oops Doughnuts, Wind Dancer

“Parental Guidance” helmer Andy Fickman is set to direct a remake of the hit German comedy “Over My Dead Body,” co-produced by his Oops Doughnuts banner and Wind Dancer, which will finance development.

Rainer Matsutani directed the original pic, which was written by Matsutani and Sebastian Niemann. “Entourage” scribes Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohn, who created the ABC show “That Was Then,” will handle scripting duties on the remake.

Laffer follows a narcissistic womanizer who dies, goes to Hell and makes a deal with the Devil; if he can heal three hearts that he’s broken in three days, he gets a second chance at life.

Pic will be produced by Fickman and Betsy Sullenger for Oops Doughnuts, along with Wind Dancer’s Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne and Dete Meserve, as well as Tony Blain (“Cobu”).

Oops Doughnuts is producing “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies” at Paramount and “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” with Walden Media. Company is in pre-production on its Disney Channel pilot, “Bits & Pieces,” as well as You Tube reality show “Internet Icon.” Its next film, “Jewtopia,” recently premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Wind Dancer’s credits include Nancy Meyers’ “What Women Want” and Richard Linklater’s new pic, “Bernie.”

20th Century Fox will release “Parental Guidance” on Christmas Day. Pic stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei.

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