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Reese Witherspoon Buys and Trades Men

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 5, 2009 |


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Back in the year 2006, Fox greenlit a high-concept movie called Used Guys, which starred Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller, as two men who lived in a world dominated by women. The men, as all men are in this alternative future, are clones, which can be bought and traded by women. In the movie, Carrey and Stiller were to be in search of their masculinity. Jay Roach (Austin Powers) was set to direct.

However, costs spiraled out of control, and with two high paid actors, who were taking a combined 27 percent of the back-end profits, Fox killed the project.

Now, they're resurrecting it. Instead of focusing on the two used men, the script will now focus on the relationship between the clone (Stiller) and the clone owner (Reese Witherspoon). "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are negotiating to direct. Smaller budget. Better director. And no Jim Carrey. If they could just ditch Ben Stiller, we might have a movie here.

So that's going to happen. But with Stiller and Reese planning to work together on this film, where does that put the Cameron Crowe's delayed next project, which was set to star Reese and Stiller? Hopefully, it means that it's dead. Because as much as I love Cameron Crowe, I hated the idea behind the untitled project: "A tropical romantic adventure comedy with light sci-fi and heavy supernatural aspects," which included this description: "Haunted by visions of Hawaiian ghosts in green mists, mistaken for incarnations of the Hawaiian gods Lono and Pele, and prophesied to bring about the Arrival?!"

In better news, apparently Camerown Crowe is working on a Pearl Jam documentary to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. Yes. You are that old.

And because any excuse is a good excuse:



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