Ben Stiller will star in RentaGhost, based on the British comedy series about a temp agency for the dead, for Fox.
Variety reports that Fox is in negotiations to acquire rights to the comedy, which had been in development at Warner Bros. with Russell Brand toplining.
Fox has tapped the Night at the Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to pen the script.
The original BBC series, created by Bob Block, ran for 58 episodes between 1976 and 1984 and centered on the recently-deceased Fred Mumford being determined to be more productive in the afterlife than he was during his 27-year existence. Mumford established RentaGhost — renting out ghouls, ghosts and other specters — to the living but things do not go according to plan.
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