It’s gotten to the point with Steven Spielberg that, until you see the trailer, you never know when he’s going to walk away from a project for another one. His name has been attached to dozens of films over the last several years, and although most of them usually get made, it’s often by another director, usually a protege. Right now, he’s attached to an Old Boy remake with Will Smith; a Lincoln biography with Liam Neeson, and Interstellar, working off a Jonathan Nolan script. He’s also considering a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. Who knows which of those will actually get made. The only thing for certain is that he is making a move based on The Adventures of Tin-Tin with Peter Jackson. He’s also in various stages of production with another 10 - 12 films (including Indy V), any one of which he could decide to direct.
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.