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Trailer – “Death At A Funeral” (Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Others…)

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I could swear that we’d profiled this remake previously here, but I just performed several searches and nothing came up, except for a mention in Sergio’s Zoe Saldana “It Girl” post from months ago, in May, right around the time this blog launched! Odd!

Anyway… as the title says… Screen Gems has released the first trailer for the Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz’s 2007 British comedy, Death at a Funeral. The new film, directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, Lakeview Terrace), stars an all-star cast in Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Loretta Devine, Luke Wilson, and Columbus Short. In the film, a funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies, as its IMDB page states.

I didn’t see the original, so I have no idea how faithful the US remake is to the source material. Frank Oz’s version didn’t make much of a splash when it was released in the US, raking in just over $8 million at the box office, and registering a 63% “Fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com; and based on the below trailer, I’m not so certain that this remake will fair much better.

See for yourself:

9 comments to Trailer – “Death At A Funeral” (Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Others…)

  • Taisha

    I’m a fan of British comedies so I actually saw the original at the theater, obviously one of the few who did. But I loved it. It is sardonic and slapstick so it will be interesting to see how Chris, Martin and the crew pull this off without venturing into some type of minstrel show. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • E Forde

      Taisha,
      Say it ain’t so. You liked the original, No.
      I must admit I thought it was some sort of joke that the film was getting remade and Chris Rock was doing it. I was guessing that no one saw the original film in the States but i stand corrected. Great US cast though.

  • It is a great cast, and Dinklage even resumes his role from the prior version which is kinda cool. But alas, Zoe Saldana back with not one, but two white dudes. Aw boy :( I think she needs to work with Pete Chatmon again.

  • Georgia Maude

    I saw the original, too, and thought it was hilarious. I’ll see this one, too, though it seems to be played much broader.

  • Camille

    I can’t believe I am saying this but I saw and loved the original and I am looking forward to seeing the remake. The remake looks like almost the EXACT SAME THING as the original, but who cares? It’s black people doing something besides cooning or molesting each other and crying. If this is what it takes to get something else then I am all for it. HOOORAY!! Maybe we can make a black version of Notting Hill or Four Weddings and A Funeral next? Thank you British people!

    • E Forde

      “Maybe we can make a black version of Notting Hill or Four Weddings and A Funeral next?”
      Well the thing about Notting Hill was that the film was set in an area with a large West Indian population and it featured no Black people.
      Richard Curtis films writer/Director alluded to the fact when he was interviewed for his follow up project Love Actually. In Love … he cast Chiwetel Ejiofor gto make up for the fact.

  • Another chamber piece filled with comedy,huh?, well i’ll hold my water in my left hand, until i actually see it.

  • rugglebyc

    Another black funeral movie. I already saw Kingdom Come (2000). And that, too, starred Loretta Devine.