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October 1, 2008 | Comments ()


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Jack Black in Bourne-Inspired Comedy

Clearly, the Recession Hasn't Hit Studios / Dustin Rowles

Trade News | October 1, 2008 | Comments ()


Jack Black — who is absolutely never, ever going to go away — has another movie in development. And while the premise has some potential, the one joke will most likely wear out its welcome before the first half hour. Here it is: Inspired by The Bourne Identity, the untitled comedy will focus on an American who finds himself washed up on the shore of Cuba with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Naturally, he jumps to the conclusion that he’s a Bourne-like superspy, though clearly he is not. So, it’s basically the opposite of The Man Who Knew Too Little, as in: The Man Who Knew Too Much?

The pitch — the pitch, people; a paragraph of words, a bare bones idea, a late night-thought scribbled on a piece of paper — has just been bought for seven figures. For those unfamiliar with math, seven figures means a million dollars or more. For a pitch. A motherfucking pitch, a pitch from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote Jack Black’s recent hit, Panda Raping Love.

You know: I can write a pitch, too. How’s this: Thanks to the oddly worded laws of his home state, a New York man — determined to end his relationship with his fiancĂ©e without losing the $2 million engagement ring he bought her — attempts to provoke her into dumping him without cause. In his efforts, the man falls in love with her all over again. But is it too late? Ryan Reynolds will play the lead. Michelle Monaghan will play the romantic interest. Someone from “The Daily Show” will play the best friend.

Where’s my $1 million? I could write pitches all day long.



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