Jason WinerWhen Dudley Moore played 'Arthur,' he got stuck between the moon and New York City. With Russell Brand playing him, there's no telling what he might get stuck between.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, 'Modern Family' director Jason Winer is has signed on to remake the 1981 comedy, with Brand as the hard-partying millionaire set to inherit a fortune through an arranged marriage, only to fall in love with working class woman.

The fit seems almost to good to be true. As he's proved in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' (and its upcoming spin-off 'Get Him to the Greek') Brand, like Dudley Moore, has the charming rascal act down pat. And the film's writer, Peter Baynham, who also wrote the Sasha Baron Cohen romps 'Bruno' and 'Borat,' knows how to push the envelope. Jason WinerWhen Dudley Moore played 'Arthur,' he got stuck between the moon and New York City. With Russell Brand playing him, there's no telling what he might get stuck between.

According to the the Hollywood Reporter, 'Modern Family' director Jason Winer is has signed on to remake the 1981 comedy, with Brand as the hard-partying millionaire set to inherit a fortune through an arranged marriage, only to fall in love with a working class woman.

The fit seems almost to good to be true. As he's proved in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' (and its upcoming spin-off, 'Get Him to the Greek') Brand, like Dudley Moore, has the charming rascal act down pat. And the film's writer, Peter Baynham, who also wrote the Sasha Baron Cohen romps 'Bruno' and 'Borat,' knows how to push the envelope.

But what makes the project more interesting is the addition of Winer. His smart, funny work on 'Modern Family' wades in the waters of cringe comedy (a la 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'The Office'), but he knows how to anchor it with genuine emotion that could make this a reboot worth the effort.

Adding a further touch of artistic promise to the project are rumors that Meryl Streep, perhaps America's most acclaimed actress, is considering stepping into the role of Hobson, Arthur's valet, a role originally played by another screen legend, Sir John Gielgud. Roger Friedman, of The Hollywood Reporter's Showbiz 411 blog, reports, "The word from inside the remake, which stars Russell Brand as the title character, is that everyone is desperate for Meryl to take the role."

'Arthur' is set to hit theaters later this year. No word yet on Christopher Cross' involvement with the new theme song.
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