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Steve Martin to have a Big Year with Jack Black and Owen Wilson?

Mar. 11, 2010by: George Merchan

A BIG YEAR... bird-watching?

Based on Mark Obmascik's 1998 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession, the avian comedy follows three men "who try to outdo each other in a bird-watching competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. The rivalry is an allegory for the challenges each faces in his own life." Directing will be David Frankel (MARLEY & ME, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) off a Howard Franklin (ANTITRUST, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE) script adaptation.

Steve Martin, coming off strong after co-hosting this past weekend's Academy Awards ceremony, is in negotiations to replace Dustin Hoffman and join the already cast Jack Black and Owen Wilson for what's sure to be some unmitigated birding tomfoolery. Just look at this description of the book:

"There is a well-known competition among birders called the Big Year, in which one abandons one's regular life for one whole year in order to see more species of birds in a geographic area than one's competitors. Environmental journalist Obmascik follows the 1998 Big Year's three main competitors--a New Jersey roofing contractor, a corporate executive, and a software engineer--as they crisscross the country in search of birds. Whether looking for flamingos in the Everglades, great grey owls in the frozen bogs near Duluth, or Asian rarities on the Aleutian island of Attu, these obsessed birders not only faced seasickness, insects, altitude sickness, and going into debt, they also faced each other."

In the right hands, this actually sounds like it could make for an interesting documentary. As a scripted comedy, though... I guess we'll have to wait and see.

THE BIG YEAR begins shooting this May in Canada.
Extra Tidbit: 'Soon as I'm done here, I think I'm gonna go watch THE JERK.

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10:20PM on 03/11/2010
could be good. I guess we'll see. Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin could make for an interesting mix. As long as it doesn't end up being another Year One! I know that's what Jack hopes too!
could be good. I guess we'll see. Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin could make for an interesting mix. As long as it doesn't end up being another Year One! I know that's what Jack hopes too!
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10:06PM on 03/11/2010
My Special Purpose!!!!
My Special Purpose!!!!
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2:57PM on 03/11/2010
im ready a new good steve martin comedy. i recently watched :the man with two brians" we need this steve back.
im ready a new good steve martin comedy. i recently watched :the man with two brians" we need this steve back.
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6:07PM on 03/11/2010
thumbs down... its "The Man With Two BRAINS"..bad communication skills
thumbs down... its "The Man With Two BRAINS"..bad communication skills
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2:14PM on 03/11/2010
thumbs down for replacing Dustin Hoffman with Steve Martin.
thumbs down for replacing Dustin Hoffman with Steve Martin.
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12:46PM on 03/11/2010

The Big Year One

Sounds like a piece of shit
Sounds like a piece of shit
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10:20AM on 03/11/2010
THE PHONEBOOKS ARE HERE!
THE PHONEBOOKS ARE HERE!
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6:02AM on 03/11/2010
Black, martin and wilson I'm in.
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Black, martin and wilson I'm in.
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3:51AM on 03/11/2010

i like it!

I think this sounds like it could be pretty unique and funny. Hey, At least its not Cheaper By The Dozen 3.
I think this sounds like it could be pretty unique and funny. Hey, At least its not Cheaper By The Dozen 3.
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