Brooks upbeat on ‘Death’

Laffer remake set to lense in June, co-star Douglas, Fleming

Albert Brooks is poised to join Michael Douglas and director Andy Fleming in “Till Death Do Us Part,” an update of 1979 comedy “The In-Laws.”

Warner Bros. has greenlit the film, the last draft of which was written by Ed Solomon (“Men in Black”). A June production start has been set in Toronto and Chicago.

Brooks will play a Gotham podiatrist whose daughter is marrying the son of a CIA agent (Douglas). The dads get into trouble abroad.

Brooks is writing his own next comedy, an untitled film he’ll direct. Pic will be a departure in that he will not be the star. Instead, the film will feature an ensemble of young talent.

Douglas has long eyed “Till Death Do Us Part” (Daily Variety, Nov. 17, 2000), and he’ll start work right after starring for the first time with father Kirk in the comedy “Smack in the Kisser.” Bill Gerber and Bill Todman are producing “Till Death Do Us Part” for Franchise Films, with Elie Samaha exec producing.

Brooks, who last starred in the Christine Lahti-directed “My First Mister,” is repped by ICM and Moress Nanas Hart Entertainment.

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