Smart: The Movie
or whatever the heck they're calling it these
The movie version of Get Smart started filming March 21, 2007
and will be shot in L.A., Montreal and Washington D.C. The movie
is scheduled to be released June 20, 2008 --which is a week before my
30th birthday. Something seems rather bad-omenish about this.
The cast is:
Maxwell Smart .........Steve
Agent 99...................Anne Hathaway
Agent 23...................Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Agent 13..................Bill Murray
Agent 91...................Terry Crews
Giant.................The Great Khali
Peter Segal will direct the
movie. Tom Astle and Matt Ember, along with Carell and B.J. Novak have
produced the finished version of the script. Producers are Andrew Lazar,
Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.
Unfortunately the GS movie has had bad buzz
before filming even started. What hasn't helped is a perpetual ping-pong game of
directors, writers and lead actors coming in and out of the project in the last
10 years. Check out my old timeline of movie
updates to see who had their fingers in the pot.
One of the initial hang-ups was and is the weak script --as illustrated
by the trouble in getting an actress to accept the role of 99 or even negotiate.
Names uttered early on for 99 included Kristina Kruek and Rachel McAdams. Two
un-named A-list actresses turned the offer down after reading the script. It was
not until late fall of 2006 that Hathaway signed on.
There are a lot of little things that are particularly troublesome with the new
Get Smart yarn. Maybe the biggest one is the character of 99. As it's set now,
early on 99 comes across as an ice princess --not our smart and sweet 99.
By the end of the show 99 and Max are making nookie.
IMHO, 99 is going to
make or break this movie. *cough* In order to build a bridge across Carell and
Hathaway's mammoth age gap, 99 explains she had plastic surgery to hide her identity.
Yeah... and I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell these guys.
Max's character also has some interesting differences from
the TV series. Instead of being one of Control's top agents from the start, he's
a research nerd.
Hmmmm... why is this all starting to seem like a 12-year-old
One of the movie's big problems early on has been the
lack of consultation with any of the creative forces that crafted the original
Get Smart. Why you wonder? Some
interesting information is at Hollywood
Elsewhere A well placed spy informed the webmaster of that
site that Warner Bros. tried to bamboozle Mel
Brooks and Buck Henry out of credit as creators of Get Smart. According to the
aforementioned website, Warner Bros.' attorneys allegedly took depositions to
attempt to prove that Talent Associates came up with the concept for GS and
Brooks and and Henry "served as writers for hire." *sigh* Talk about
throwing all the sh*t against the wall to see what sticks.***
Due to highly appropriate mass outrage, Warner Bros. changed its tune and dropped the suite. Brooks and Henry
will be listed as creators and consultants. Leonard Stern recently
visited the set and was treated rather nicely. The forces of niceness triumph
over evil once
Barbara Feldon will not be making a cameo
appearance in the movie.
Why? *shrugs* Whether that tidbit is of any significance remains to be
seen. Feldon was quoted as thinking the movie is a great idea and lauded
Carell and Hathaway in the June 2007 Watch! CBS magazine:
"They're both such excellent choices. In a way, I
think the show was very of-its-time. But if anyone can pull it off, they
But wait! There's more!
Just when we thought it was over, there's going to be a sequel. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Control computer geek Bruce
( Masi Oka of Heroes) and buddy Lloyd (Nate Torrence) will reprise their Get
Smart roles in a direct to DVD flick: Get Smarter: Bruce & Lloyd Out
production even started, on the Get Smart movie, Warner Bros. asked Oka
to play Bruce in a separate movie. Get Smarter, made for a fraction of the cost of
its parent movie, will be
released 10 days after Get Smart opens in theaters. This could be
incredibly amusing or incredibly stupid.
- (September 2007) Barbara Feldon changed her mind and decided to do a
cameo. O -kaaaay.
Our good friend Chief Carl has
up-to-date information on his
site as well as spoilers. Rumor
has it he has a well placed agent on the set.
*** That's a newspaper
technical term. Our next discussion will be on the virtues of slap
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