The Nutty Professor is getting a second remake

Just one remake of The Nutty Professor isn’t enough in Hollywood. It has been reported that the Jerry Lewis comedy, first rebooted by Eddie Murphy in 1996, is getting another remake, with Project X Entertainment gaining the rights.

According to Deadline, James Vanderbilt is producing the movie, while no studio or writer or cast is attached just yet. Project X is already relaunching Scream with the fifth film in the franchise and have managed to entice the original stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette – so while nobody asked for another Nutty Professor, we reckon it could be in safe hands.

Nutty Professor coverThe Nutty Professor was first released in 1963 as a parody of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and starred Jerry Lewis as a nerdy professor who transforms into a charming but obnoxious hunk, Buddy Love, after inventing a special serum. The film is considered a classic and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’.

33 years later, it got a reboot in the form of Eddie Murphy’s version of the film, in which the comedian not only played the titular professor Sherman Klump, but five members of Klump’s family too. The film also starred Jada Pinkett Smith, and resulted in a sequel in 2000, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. However, unlike its predecessor, the sequel received less-than-glowing reviews.

Eddie MurphyIn addition to the Murphy films, an animated sequel to the original film, featuring the voice of Drake Bell, was released in 2008. And in 2012, Jerry Lewis directed a musical adaptation of the comedy in Nashville, Tennessee.

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