James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, and Paul Neinstein of Project X Entertainment, after giving a new life to the Scream franchise, are looking to do the same with a classic comedy IP. Sources tell Videotape News that Project X has landed the rights to the classic Jerry Lewis comedy, The Nutty Professor, that Eddie Murphy rebooted in the ’90s.
Project X will package themselves before taking it out on the market; hence no studio is attached. Even with Vanderbilt’s long track-record of penning scripts to such films as Zodiac, The Rundown, and The Amazing Spider-Man, as of now, he is just producing, and there is no decision on a writer or other talent.
Nutty professor sequel confirmed
The original version of The Nutty Professor is considered to be one of the most classic comedies give by the late Lewis. It follows a nerdy professor who drinks a potion to improve his love life, that temporarily turns him into obnoxious, but handsome, Buddy Love. Universal rebooted the film in 1996, and it let Murphy play not only the roles of the professor and Love, his alter ego, but also the other five members of the professor’s family.
The film was a big hit, and a sequel of the movie came out in 2000, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
The current times in which the world is facing the worldwide pandemic, and their life is uprooted in the quarantine feels like the perfect time to launch the IP. The studio executives see the comedy genre as the genre which the audience is looking for more and more. This project will be marking the second significant property in the year 2020 that Project X is planning to relaunch with their Scream pic recently landing for distribution at Paramount.
They also tapped their directing team Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, who earlier helmed Ready or Not which Shera and Vanderbilt produced, to direct and bring the back the original cast that included Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell to star.