Russell Brand may be the focus of tabloids and controversy for his "bad-boy" behavior, but Warner Bros. is still banking on him in two upcoming comedies. Brand has been attached to reprise the Dudley Moore role in the studio's remake of Arthur since 2008, now DeadlineHollywood has learned that the studio has just paid mid-6 against high-6 figures to acquire a pitch by William Bindley and Scott Bindley (Madison, upcoming comedy Say Uncle) with Brand attached to star.
[Brand will] play a David Beckham-like millionaire soccer star/playboy who gets arrested in a West Texas and sentenced to community service. His task: coach the hapless local high school soccer team in a Friday Night Lights town.
Brand will also produce the untitled comedy, along with his manager Nik Linnen, William Bindley and Mike Karz (Sorority Row, Valentine's Day).
I could care less about what Brand does in his personal life (or with his hair), the guy is absolutely hilarious. He's already wrapped on Get Him to the Greek, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off film in which he reprises his breakout role as womanizing rocker Aldous Snow. He'll also be starring in Universal's live-action/CG-animated hybrid comedy I Hop.
What do you think of the premise of the the Bindley's comedy? Does Brand's off-screen behavior affect what you think of him on-screen?