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Venom or Matt Helm?

10.12.2009

As we learned last week, filmmaker Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT, PLEASANTVILLE) is reportedly working on writing and possibly directing Marvel's sticky villian (turned hero?) VENOM in a solo adventure.

But does Ross already have a full dance card? According to the Playlist, before he bonds symbiote to host, he'll make a new machismo-filled mission for swinging spy MATT HELM.

An update of the property has been in the works for years, most recently caught in the Dreamworks/Paramount divorce. While Steven Spielberg reportedly loved the latest draft (by DONNIE BRASCO scribe Paul Attanasio) and considered directing, he instead opted for a pointless remake of HARVEY.

Now Paramount is hot to find a BOURNE of their own, and  they've reportedly roped in Ross to direct (the studio is also eyeballing sudden A-lister Bradley Cooper for the role). What makes this rumor seem a bit strange is that Ross is also working on the script for SPIDER-MAN 4 (filming next year), and the assumption was that there would be some kind of connection or synergy with the VENOM movie. If he's busy squashing global villainy with HELM, does the Marvel maniac take a backseat?

Based on a character from novelist Donald Hamilton, Helm (another of the many things liberally "borrowed" by Mike Myers for the AUSTIN POWERS series) was previously portrayed by drunken crooner Dean Martin as a suave sexist spy in three bombastic films, THE SILENCERS, THE AMBUSHERS and THE WRECKING CREW. Matt also popped up on a short-lived TV series in the mid-70s.

Extra Tidbit: George Clooney and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm were previously pursued for the part. I kinda think Josh Duhamel (TRANSFORMERS) would be a good choice, myself.
Source: The Playlist

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4:17PM on 10/13/2009

Hmmm

If they are gonna do it, why not Timothy Olyphant?
If they are gonna do it, why not Timothy Olyphant?
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12:08PM on 10/13/2009

No......

Leave Matt Helm alone!!! They are sacred!!!
Leave Matt Helm alone!!! They are sacred!!!
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6:40PM on 10/13/2009
the helm you know of possibly is the one they made into a parody of itself. read the real helm and there are no sly with to it.
the helm you know of possibly is the one they made into a parody of itself. read the real helm and there are no sly with to it.
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2:17AM on 10/13/2009
Gary Ross is one of my absolute favorite screenwriters. The guy is just amazingly talented and I'd love to see him direct a superhero film. That being said, Venom really seems like an odd fit considering his previous work. It's not that I don't think he couldn't pull it off, it's just that there's other superheroes I'd *much* rather see him adapt. Honestly, he would have been my first choice to direct Captain America but unfortunately that's not happening. Anyway, to get to my point, between
Gary Ross is one of my absolute favorite screenwriters. The guy is just amazingly talented and I'd love to see him direct a superhero film. That being said, Venom really seems like an odd fit considering his previous work. It's not that I don't think he couldn't pull it off, it's just that there's other superheroes I'd *much* rather see him adapt. Honestly, he would have been my first choice to direct Captain America but unfortunately that's not happening. Anyway, to get to my point, between Venom and Matt Helm I'd rather see him take on Helm and hopefully he'll come around to another superhero film eventually (it seems like he'd be pretty much perfect for Superman or Captain Marvel).
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2:00AM on 10/13/2009
JON HAMM! JON HAMM!
Done deal, he's fucking perfect for this.
JON HAMM! JON HAMM!
Done deal, he's fucking perfect for this.
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2:34AM on 10/13/2009
Yes! Make it so.
Yes! Make it so.
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1:14AM on 10/13/2009

Dino played it for laughs...

...kinda like Our Man Flint. He loved comedy, and was a cool cat, not a "drunken crooner". Anyway, would love to see a serious re-boot. How about Rock Johnson?
...kinda like Our Man Flint. He loved comedy, and was a cool cat, not a "drunken crooner". Anyway, would love to see a serious re-boot. How about Rock Johnson?
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11:38PM on 10/12/2009
Josh Duhamel would be good. But, seriously, can he act? Cooper's had a nice little run in films in small parts and built up a nice resume. But Duhamel has nothing meaty under his belt except Vegas. He's a footnote in the Transformers movies. And the romantic comedies he's been in really show none of his range. Helm could be a break thru role for him. But I'd like to see him establish more cred before jumping into a lead role like this because I am not sold on what he's really strong at
Josh Duhamel would be good. But, seriously, can he act? Cooper's had a nice little run in films in small parts and built up a nice resume. But Duhamel has nothing meaty under his belt except Vegas. He's a footnote in the Transformers movies. And the romantic comedies he's been in really show none of his range. Helm could be a break thru role for him. But I'd like to see him establish more cred before jumping into a lead role like this because I am not sold on what he's really strong at performing.
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2:11AM on 10/13/2009
Yes, he can act. If you've seen Las Vegas you should know that. Plenty have actors have broken through with less experience and Duhame's at that age where if his big break's gonna come, it better come soon.
Yes, he can act. If you've seen Las Vegas you should know that. Plenty have actors have broken through with less experience and Duhame's at that age where if his big break's gonna come, it better come soon.
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