Jennifer Armstrong
April 28, 2009 AT 04:32 PM EDT

Universal is resurrecting the 1991 movie Drop Dead Fred as a starring vehicle for Russell Brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dennis McNicholas, a cowriter on the production company’s upcoming Land of the Lost, will write the script based on the original, which starred Phoebe Cates as a woman who loses her job and her husband only to find her world further rocked by the appearance of a rambunctious imaginary friend from her childhood (whom Brand will play in the remake). The first Fred was a flop, but achieved some cult-level success.

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