There have been at least 5 film adaptations of “Brewster’s Millions” – the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon. But maybe the one most are familiar with is the 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, which was directed by Walter Hill (who was not really known for comedies. He got this job after directing Eddie Murphy in “48 Hours”).
The movie received mixed reviews en route to a $40+ million domestic box office.
Now the story will be revisited again, for the umpteenth time, in a feature film that will be directed by Robert Townsend, from a screenplay penned by Michael Williams Schmidt.
The novel revolves around Montgomery Brewster, a young man who inherits $1 million from his rich grandfather. Shortly after, a rich and eccentric uncle who hated Brewster’s grandfather also dies. The uncle leaves Brewster $7 million dollars, but only under the condition that he keeps none of the grandfather’s money. Brewster is required to spend every penny of his grandfather’s million within one year. If Brewster meets these terms, he will gain the full $7 million; if he fails, he remains penniless.
Robert Townsend’s “Brewster’s Millions” will stick to the original story for the most part, although unfolding over a shorter time frame: a man who inherits a large fortune, has to spend a slightly less large fortune inside a week.
No casting yet.
Joseph and Jack Nasser will produce.
Townsend’s most recent directorial work has been mixed, with indie dramas like “In the Hive” and “Playin’ for Love.” He hasn’t quite been able to capture the kind of magic he launched his career, starting with the classic “Hollywood Shuffle,” and moving on to “The Five Heartbeats.”
Trailer and poster for the Richard Pryor/John Candy version below: