HOLLYWOOD — Summer may be here, but Rodney Dangerfield and MGM are headed “Back to School,” signing a deal to revive the biggest hit in the hound-faced comedian’s feature career.
Dangerfield had retained some rights to the original, shared with MGM when it bought the Orion library, so the two cut a deal for a remake. Dangerfield will be involved in the remake’s development, with an exec producer or producer credit, and likely will do a cameo, though at 81 he won’t reprise his starring role.
Pic will be handed to one of the Lion’s on-lot production companies and overseen by VP of production Toby Jaffe. MGM is now in discussions with writers on the project.
Original grossed more than $91 million when it debuted in 1986. Dangerfield, who helped write the story, played a rich and obnoxious businessman who enrolls in college to encourage his son to go, as well.