John Lee is eyeing a Summer shoot in Oregon.
With the success of Netflix's Pee-wee's Big Holiday last month director John Lee has been selected to helm the upcoming Caddyshack remake, which is slated for a 2017 release.
The all-new cast is here.
George Clooney was the first on board and will be co-producing the film alongside Ghostbusters creator Ivan Reitman. Clooney will be stepping into the role of the prudish Judge Smails (originally played by Ted Knight) with former SNL great Jon Lovitz assuming the role of Al Czervik (the looney millionaire played by Rodney Dangerfield).
For the lead role of Danny Noonan (the caddy originally played by Michael O'Keefe) the producers turned to Dylan Sprouse whose most notable roles have been alongside Adam Sandler in Big Daddy and Disney's The Suit Life of Zack and Cody.
Kentucky-born comedian Billy Crank beat a multitude of hopefuls at a recent nation-wide audition process for the role of Carl Spackler, the dopey ex-military groundskeeper character made famous by Bill Murray. Reitman stated in a recent press release "Replacing Bill (Murray) is a tall order and we strongly felt that whoever plays Spackler would need to be a newcomer with nothing to lose". Crank is well known in his home state of Kentucky for his Ernie Worrell character (the son of Ernest P Worrell) but he is relatively unknown to the rest of the world.
Warner Brothers are currently in discussion with Kevin Hart, who they hope will take on Chevy Chase's beloved Ty Webb character. Although negotiations are still ongoing reports coming from the Warner camp suggest that Hart is expected to sign.
The Caddyshack remake has endured a long development process. Original director Harold Ramis passed away in 2014 leaving the project in limbo until long-time friend Reitman stepped in. While it is yet to be confirmed, original cast members Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase and Brian Doyle-Murray are rumoured to have cameo appearances. No word yet on whether Bill Murray will have any involvement with the remake.
We reached out to Warner for further comment and were told that more announcements will be made in the coming weeks.