Seth MacFarlane will produce a reboot of the 1984 nerds vs jocks comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” that will star and be written by comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas aka The Lucas Brothers. Jeff Kanew directed the original “Revenge of the Nerds,” which starred Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley and Bernie Casey. The raunchy comedy followed a group of college nerds who spar with the jock fraternity the Alpha Betas.
The film isn’t going to be a reboot in the classical sense but more of a reimagining that will dig into today’s nerd culture and what being a geek even means in the 21st century. The decision to not do a straight reboot of the 1984 film may have to deal with the film generating its fair share of controversy years after its release. That was also been criticized in recent years for depictions of rape. Despite being panned at the time of its release, Revenge of the Nerds was a box office hit, grossing $40.8 million on a $6-8 million budget.
20th Century had earlier tried to remake “Revenge of the Nerds” in 2006 starring Adam Brody, but the project was called off after two weeks of production.
Lucas brothers are best known for their scene-stealing roles in “22 Jump Street,” are set to write and star in the film. They are co-writing the script with Alex RubensMacFarlane will produce the film for his company Fuzzy Door Productions, along with Erica Huggins.