Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gary Ross at the Directing Helm

Writer/director Gary Ross, whose credits include Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, looks for his next project to be a reboot of the Matt Helm series. This series centered on a slick secret agent who foiled criminal mastermind's plans, as well as making time to woo plenty of ladies in the process. Back in the 60's Dean Martin played the super-spy in a series of films essentially spoofing James Bond. Originally, Steven Spielberg had shown interest in the film, but backed out to pursue other projects. Now Ross has his chance at it, with the suddenly-high-in-demand Bradley Cooper in negotiations to star.

This project sounds interesting to me. If they can spoof today's spy films the way the 60's films spoofed Bond, then I'll be happy. Gary Ross turns in solid work and so does the screenwriter Paul Attanasio. So here's hoping they can make this a success. Oh, and if you haven't seen any of the 60's Matt Helm movies, then you might give them a try sometime. They're goofy and stupid, but pretty harmless fun.

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