MGM is in final negotiations with comic scribe Bradley Allenstein to adapt and update the 1960 Jerry Lewis vehicle “The Bellboy.”
Allenstein will be paid low- to mid-six figures. The Lion is also in advanced talks with Jackie Chan to play the co-lead. That suggests the adaptation will depart quite a bit from the original, which only featured Lewis.
Pic will be produced by Chan’s manager, Brian Gersh, as well as Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster via their Horseshoe Bay shingle. MGM exec Kahli Small will oversee for the Lion.
Lewis to produce
Lewis, who owns the remake rights, will be a producer on the project as well.
The original pic follows a bellboy (Lewis) as he undergoes a number of zany misadventures at Miami’s Fountainbleau Hotel.
Allenstein, along with Mark Brown, wrote the Morgan Creek pic “Juwanna Mann,” currently shooting in Charlotte, N.C., and starring Miguel Nunez, Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Pollak and Tommy Davidson.
Allenstein is repped by the William Morris Agency.