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Spielberg Eyes Another Film He'll Probably Dump in 3 Months

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 30, 2009 | Comments ()

The latest film to be tossed onto his to-do list is Matt Helm, which he's apparently got quite a bit of interest in. He's already attached as producer, but there are various financial difficulties involved in getting him behind the director's chair. These financial difficulties are of absolutely no interest to anyone, so I'll skip it.

The movie, which is almost certain to be made by someone is based on a series of 27 novels written by Donald Hamilton. While the novels were set in post-WWII, the current incarnation of the script -- about a government agent whose mission is to take down enemy agents -- is set in the present. There were already a series of Matt Helm movies in the 60s, starring none other than Dean Martin in the title role. And although the original movies were tongue-in-cheek and kind of goofy, the script -- from Paul Attanasio -- is closer to The Bourne Identity in tone.

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