‘The Nutty Professor‘ Movie Remake “In the Works.” James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein of Project X Entertainment have acquired the rights to the ‘Nutty Professor‘ franchise. The news was shared by Deadline in an exclusive report.
The original 1963 film follows the story of Julius Kelp, a college professor with a problem. Clumsy, awkward, inarticulate and unattractive, Julius is a hopeless case when it comes to women — but he’s desperate to impress beautiful student Stella (Stella Stevens). Fortunately, he does know something about chemistry and decides to concoct a potion that will turn him into a whole new man. In this classic comedy, Julius’ suave alter ego, Buddy Love, must win Stella’s affections before his short-lived potion runs out.
The film was remade starring Eddie Murphy in 1996 and followed a very similar storyline featuring a brilliant and obese scientist Sherman Klump invents a miraculous weight-loss solution. After a date with chemistry student Carla Purty goes badly, a depressed Klump tries the solution on himself. Though he instantly loses 250 pounds, the side effects include a second personality: an obnoxiously self-assertive braggart who calls himself Buddy Love. Buddy proves to be more popular than Sherman, but his arrogance and bad behavior quickly spiral out of control.
Deadline also shared that the film has yet to land a production studio, but Project X will take the reins and lay the ground work before taking the story to market. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Entertianment!
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