Miley Cyrus, who will attempt to kick her fledgling movie career into high gear next week with the Nicholas Spark’s adaptation, The Last Song, with Greg Kinnear (the trailers look bad, but not awful) has added another project to her future slate (a slate that also includes a remake of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun). Cyrus is attached to Family Bond, a father/daughter spy pic set up at Universal.
Family Bond is being described as James Bond with a daughter, and I’m totally sure that’s exactly how it will play out. The script, from Jeff Lowell (the *headbullet* John Tucker Must Die), is about a 16-year-old who, after discovering her mother is missing, meets up with her father, a super spy who didn’t realize he had a daughter. The father and daughter embark in a mission to save the mother, stopping a Caribbean crime lord in the process. It sounds more like The Game Plan with a spy.
There is neither a director nor a father attached, although our inside source tells us that Matthew McConaughey was recently offered the role of the father, but declined. Probably because McConaughey is not quite ready to own up to the fact that he could have a 16-year-old daughter. Or maybe because not even McConaughey would stoop to a Jeff Lowell scripted movie; that’s less likely to be true, because I’ve seen Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Universal is actually hoping to go in front of cameras this year. My guess is that the success (or lack thereof) of The Last Song will determine just how quick the studio is in lining up the rest of the pieces. I certainly have no idea if Miley Cyrus is still culturally relevant — I don’t recall seeing any topless photos of her floating around lately, so maybe she’s given up on her career. She is, however, mentoring the “American Idol” gang on tonight’s ep, which is perfectly appropriate. I mean: What better authority on musicianship could there possibly be than the 18-year-old daughter of the “Achy Breaky Heart” guy?