Friday, July 12, 2024

“Empire” Christmas: Taraji P. Henson, Wendy Williams in TV Remake of “Scrooged”


EXCLUSIVE Taraji P. Henson is on fire. Starring as Cookie Lyon in “Empire” has turned this Oscar nominee (“Benjamin¬† Button”) into a superstar. And deservedly so.

Now I can tell you exclusively that Taraji is going to star in a TV remake of the movie “Scrooged” set for this Christmas. She’s going to take the Bill Murray role of Scrooge, character name to come.

So far the only other name I’ve heard for the snappy idea is Wendy Williams, the talk show hostess with the mostess. She’s set to play the Ghost of Christmas Past. In the movie, that role was played by New York Dolls singer David Johansen aka Buster Poindexter.

This should be some hilarious movie, and presumably for Fox, where “Empire” will be booming in a third season by next December.

Producers are Suzanne dePasse, the Motown legend, and Howard Rosenman. No word yet on who will play Tiny Tim. But maybe they can make it Tiny Tina and hire Quvenzhané Wallis.

Stay tuned for more details.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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