Warner Bros. has hired “The Boy” screenwriter Stacey Menear to write the script for its remake of “Dennis the Menace,” Variety has learned.
The project is being produced by Gil Netter. There are no directors or actors attached.
“Dennis the Menace” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”
The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell. “Dennis the Menace,” directed by Nick Castle from a script by John Hughes, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros. with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.
“The Boy” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.
Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape,” which won the American Zoetrope screenwriting contest and appeared on the Black List in 2009.
Netter’s producing credits include “The Blind Side,” “Water for Elephants,” “Life of Pi” and “The Glass Castle,” which is in pre-production with Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Max Greenfield starring.
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Menear is repped by WME and managed by Russell Hollander. His lawyer is Allison Binder at Stone Meyer.