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Reno 911! creators document the theft of Nicolas Cage's copy of Action No. 1

Mar. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Lionsgate has picked up Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's heist comedy script ACTION NO. 1.  The film is a fictional account of how a group of nerds attempted to steal Nicolas Cage's copy of Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 comic book, which introduced Superman to the world. 

Cage's actual copy of the comic was stolen in 2000 and was "lost" until 2011 when it was discovered in an abandoned storage locker and sold at auction for $2.1 million. 

The role of Nicolas Cage was written specifically for the actor in the script, but it's unclear if Cage will actually play himself in the film.  The only rumored name that's surfaced for the project is Jason Statham in an undisclosed role (although this has been refuted). 

I love Lennon and Garant's work on Reno 911! and find their involvement in this project to be the key selling point.  To have Nicolas Cage play himself in the film would just be icing on the cake.  Shit, to have Statham play Cage would be epic!  Either way, this is a project that has a lot of potential.  Just imagine Cage having a "Nic Cage" moment when he discovers his copy of Action Comics No. 1 is missing...Oh, the possibilities...

Stay tuned as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: If they can't get Cage to play himself (which he does in most movies anyway), who do you think would be a good choice for the role?

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2:33AM on 03/10/2012
These two will get me to see the movie, no doubt. The concept is great and if its half as funny as their previous work, it'll be a classic.
These two will get me to see the movie, no doubt. The concept is great and if its half as funny as their previous work, it'll be a classic.
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9:17PM on 03/09/2012
If they can't get Cage, they should pull a "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and splice in footage from the bottom barrel worst Cage movies. So almost everything since Con Air.
If they can't get Cage, they should pull a "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and splice in footage from the bottom barrel worst Cage movies. So almost everything since Con Air.
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3:29PM on 03/09/2012
This is the best concept for a "geek comedy" that I have heard, possibly ever.
This is the best concept for a "geek comedy" that I have heard, possibly ever.
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1:10PM on 03/09/2012

These guys are awesome

if you haven't read their book, do so, especially if you are an aspiring screenwriter. Also, completely agree Avatard, Balls of Fury is underrated as hell.
if you haven't read their book, do so, especially if you are an aspiring screenwriter. Also, completely agree Avatard, Balls of Fury is underrated as hell.
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1:01PM on 03/09/2012

Action No. 2

Yep, I'll shit if I get to see Cage play an amped-up version of himself in a movie written by the guys who made one of the most underrated comedies in the past decade, BALLS OF FURY. I'm all in.
Yep, I'll shit if I get to see Cage play an amped-up version of himself in a movie written by the guys who made one of the most underrated comedies in the past decade, BALLS OF FURY. I'm all in.
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12:00PM on 03/09/2012
yes, because the movies they have written so far have been so great, whats the emoticon for sarcasm
yes, because the movies they have written so far have been so great, whats the emoticon for sarcasm
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1:09PM on 03/09/2012
read their book and you'll understand why.
read their book and you'll understand why.
5:13PM on 03/09/2012
I know exactly why they do it, but doesnt make herbie the love bug any better. I am a huge fan of these guys and reno 911, so I am mostly reserving judgment.
I know exactly why they do it, but doesnt make herbie the love bug any better. I am a huge fan of these guys and reno 911, so I am mostly reserving judgment.
7:22PM on 03/09/2012
Herbie was completely changed against their will.
Herbie was completely changed against their will.
8:01PM on 03/10/2012
I suppose the night at the museum and taxi were changed completely against their will as well
I suppose the night at the museum and taxi were changed completely against their will as well
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11:31AM on 03/09/2012

I love these guys

I have loved these guys since the MTV sketch comedy show, "The State." This premise sounds amazing and if Nic Cage can't play himself, how about John Travolta (just kidding, this was a "Face-off" joke)...

I don't know who could play him...for some reason John Cusack and Ed Norton keep popping into my head. I would rather see Nic play himself though...
I have loved these guys since the MTV sketch comedy show, "The State." This premise sounds amazing and if Nic Cage can't play himself, how about John Travolta (just kidding, this was a "Face-off" joke)...

I don't know who could play him...for some reason John Cusack and Ed Norton keep popping into my head. I would rather see Nic play himself though...
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11:20AM on 03/09/2012
If they can't get Cage to play himself, is there another actor who is enough of a real-life geek to even qualify (the man named his child Kal-El, after all). Actually, after reading this, I'm surprised he hasn't already done some sort of "fictional" version of himself, a la John Malkovich or Bruce Willis.
If they can't get Cage to play himself, is there another actor who is enough of a real-life geek to even qualify (the man named his child Kal-El, after all). Actually, after reading this, I'm surprised he hasn't already done some sort of "fictional" version of himself, a la John Malkovich or Bruce Willis.
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