It’s a slow part of the summer, and we’re coming off of a long holiday weekend, which is why I’m reduced — at the moment — to reporting on another couple of offer stories, which are notoriously iffy. It’s not that the offers aren’t legit, it’s that whether the offerees accept is very much an unknown. The conversion rate, so to speak, is unpredictable. But then again, The Cog has tipped us to several offers in the past that have come to fruition, including Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D., Robert Downey, Jr. in Oz: The Great and Powerful, and a month ago, we were told that the Lego movie had been offered to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and had it been a slow news cycle, we’d have run that then, too. The flip-side, unfortunately, is that nothing has come of the offer to Megan Fox in Red Sonja that we reported a couple of months ago, though I’m told the offer is still on the table — despite the denial from Megan Fox’s rep — and that she’s still awaiting a script before she makes a decision. Given the direction her career has taken of late, she’d best hop on that money while she still can.
All of which is to say: Don’t get your hopes up, or begin your despair, such as it is, until someone has signed on the dotted line.
However, the first offer story does have a happy inverse implication: We reported quite some time ago that Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds were attached to an inhumanely awful sounding rom-com called TMI, which was a cool title in 2002. The movie — from writers Marc Klein (The Good Year) and Kristen Smith (The House Bunny) — is about two “just friends” types who finally realize they’re made for each other after a drug-induced evening of debauchery. It’s being described as a cross between ALONG CAME POLLY and KEEPING THE FAITH (eeesh). Faris is still attached to the movie, but the sort of good news is that an offer is now out to Bradley Cooper, which is not good for Cooper, but it would suggest that Ryan Reynolds is no longer on board, although he’s still attached in a producer capacity. It makes sense, given how many projects Reynolds is currently juggling, including The Green Lantern, Deadpool, and the already announced The Green Lantern 2. It could also be that Reynolds is more heavily considering Incurable, a movie he’s been attached to for some time, but that hasn’t yet found a director. It’s an intriguing concept — from a Will Strouse script — about a group of people who suffer from various bizarre metaphysical maladies, including one person no one can remember from one meeting to the next; another who has lived for centuries and can never die, and a female sexual predator whose victims disappear forever after she seduces them. As they try to help one another get better, they each realize that their respective cures carry a very high price.
Cooper, it would seem, would be unlikely to take it, as he’s just bailed on a Shyamalan film reportedly because it conflicted with the shooting schedule for The Hangover 2, which is a dumb excuse because The Hangover 2 is gearing up for production while the Shyamalan project is still in the pitch stage. My guess is that Cooper saw The Last Airbender and bailed, as he’s being very particular in the wake of the soft box-office of The A-Team. He’s thus likely to make very conservative choices, and I’m not sure TMI would fall under that category, though it is rated R and Cooper did find his biggest success with the R-Rated The Hangover. TMI hasn’t found a director yet, so that may be an eventual factor. It is worth noting, however, that after The Hangover 2, Cooper has nothing on his plate past the pitch stage, including the very bad sounding baseball project he’s attached to with the hacktacular Alan Loeb scripting.
Elsewhere, in other offer news, Jim Carrey — whose career has been shoddy, at best, in recent years — has been offered a part in Burt Wonderstone, from writer John Francis Daley (he of “Freaks and Geeks” fame) and Jonathon Goldstein, who has the hot title Horrible Bosses in production. Burt Wonderstone is about a magician who loses everything after his ego and his refusal to do new tricks leads his partner to leave him and his show is cancelled. Burt’s childhood idol eventually reminds Burt what magic is all about, and Burt has to convince his partner to return so they can pull off that one magic trick that has eluded him.
The other interesting note about Burt Wonderstone, aside from the offer to Carrey, is that Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly “interested” in the project, too. I’m not told whether Baron is interested in the same part that Carrey is offered, or whether he’s interested in the partner role.
In either respect, New Line is still searching for a director but hopes to begin filming of the movie in January. While Carrey is in talks to star in Mr. Popper’s Penguin, he’s got nothing else ramped up for production on his plate, while Sacha Baron Cohen has seemingly been circling half a dozen projects for the last six months, although he is currently filming Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret.