NEW YORK — Brendan Fraser will be paid a dazzling $10 million to star in a Fox remake of the 1967 Dudley Moore comedy “Bedazzled.”
Harold Ramis is directing the redo, written by Larry Gelbart, Peter Tolan and Ramis. Filming will begin in January. Trevor Albert will produce with Ramis.
Fraser will drop out of the Destination Films romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner”; he was to star with Jennifer Lopez for director Adam Shankman.
Fraser’s incredible salary rise comes courtesy of the summer smash “The Mummy,” which has seen its worldwide gross near $400 million. Fraser essentially transferred the $10 million he would have received from Destination to Fox.
Fox agreed to pay the same price because Fraser gets the film into production, and because the studio is bullish on him after he just completed starring in the studio’s big fall film, “Monkeybone.” Fraser’s standard quote is now eight figures. Ramis is coming off the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures hit “Analyze This.”
The original “Bedazzled” concerned a short-order cook, who the devil saves from suicide and then tempts with an offer of seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Pic was directed by Stanley Donen and starred Moore and Peter Cook, who scripted the original. Fox execs Tom Rothman and Hutch Parker have been shepherding the remake. Fraser will play the cook, and Fox is looking for the devil.
Destination Films will try to find a male mate for Lopez in “The Wedding Planner” to keep on track for its January start date. As for Fraser, he’ll likely follow “Bedazzled” with the “Mummy” sequel that writer-director Stephen Sommers is now scripting for producers Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel at Universal. Fraser’s deal was made by his longtime agent, Peter Levine, who recently moved over to CAA.