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Russell Brand to resurrect 'Drop Dead Fred'

"Drop Dead Fred" won't stay that way.

Universal is moving forward with a remake of the 1991 comedy with Russell Brand attached as the title character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original film starred Phoebe Cates as a put-upon young woman whose semi-supernatural imaginary friend Fred (Rik Mayall) causes havoc in her life. (Similarities to the 1988 Tim Burton classic "Beetlejuice" were probably not a coincidence.)

There's no word yet on who will play the human companion to Brand's Fred. The British actor, 33, co-starred in 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

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