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Spielberg's Matt Helm?

07.30.2009

Look in to my eyyyyyyes...

The ever delayed Lincoln bio long-promised by Steven Spielberg might yet again get the proverbial shaft, with a freshly rewritten MATT HELM script said to have fallen directly on his very valuable lap.

Dreamworks had been trying for a long while to get going on an Helm update, but the project was lost to Paramount when both studios filed for divorce, forcing Spielberg to basically suck it up. According to Variety, the new take from DONNIE BRASCO scribe Paul Attanasio is of such a quality that the bearded guy is strongly considering a visit to Paramount with his greenest of smiles for a chance to direct. A decision on the matter is expected as soon as next week.

Created in 1960 for what would be a 27-book series, the popular tough-guy brainchild of author Donald Hamilton is a counter-agent contracted to eliminate enemy operatives. A series of 4 era-defining action comedies with Dean Martin in the 1960s reduced him to a swinging spy who hates Sinatra's music, while an ill-advised 1970s TV show saw him as a private dick trying to foil little Timmy's kidnappers. Dollars to donuts says the update would have him be akin to a butt-kicking black ops assassin with memory problems. Don't know why I say that, just a gut feeling...

    Deano as Matt Helm

Extra Tidbit: Chuck Norris made his debut as an extra in the fourth and final Matt Helm film, THE WRECKING CREW. Maybe that's why they never did a 5th...
Source: Variety

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11:05PM on 07/30/2009

IMHO

Speilbergs next 10 films could be him, Lucas, and Shia Leboof bukkakeing CGI gophers for 2 hours, and he would still be the greatest director of all time.
Speilbergs next 10 films could be him, Lucas, and Shia Leboof bukkakeing CGI gophers for 2 hours, and he would still be the greatest director of all time.
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4:48PM on 07/30/2009
I want Lincoln and Interstellar. Spielberg hasn't done something truly great since MUNICH. And Tintin, while it might be fun, will probably not be a new classic.
I want Lincoln and Interstellar. Spielberg hasn't done something truly great since MUNICH. And Tintin, while it might be fun, will probably not be a new classic.
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4:09PM on 07/30/2009
To be honest, news about new Speilberg projects use to really get me overly excited. I would hear John Williams cues. But given his latest run of horrible forgettable trash; i.e. INDY5,WAROFWORLDS, among his numerous slight of hand producing credits, I could really care less about the Beards offerings to the cinematic world. As for as Im concerned the man who I used to admire is no longer in existence.
To be honest, news about new Speilberg projects use to really get me overly excited. I would hear John Williams cues. But given his latest run of horrible forgettable trash; i.e. INDY5,WAROFWORLDS, among his numerous slight of hand producing credits, I could really care less about the Beards offerings to the cinematic world. As for as Im concerned the man who I used to admire is no longer in existence.
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12:05PM on 07/30/2009
I want to see Interstellar!
I want to see Interstellar!
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11:08AM on 07/30/2009

Come on

I am eagerly waiting for this movie. Bring Liam Neeson on the sets already. Come on STEVIE
I am eagerly waiting for this movie. Bring Liam Neeson on the sets already. Come on STEVIE
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5:15AM on 07/30/2009

Maybe...

Liam Neeson wants a break?? Cuz his wife kinda....
Liam Neeson wants a break?? Cuz his wife kinda....
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3:39AM on 07/30/2009
Damnit give us Liam Neeson as Lincoln already!
Damnit give us Liam Neeson as Lincoln already!
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