May 7, 2015
Tradecraft: Kevin James Mistaken for an International Assassin
I think the headline really says everything. I'm not sure you're even reading beyond that. I'm really not sure why I'm writing beyond that! But there is a little more to the story, and some hints that maybe, just maybe, this project might be something better than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Maybe. (But probably not.) Deadline reports that America's favorite fat man Kevin James will star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Never Back Down) will direct. But remember that part where I just said that there are some signs that it might actually be better than the Blart stuff? Well, here's why. According to the trade, the script for this project by Jeff Morris was actually on Hollywood's prestigious Black List! And it sounds kind of like a riff on the 1973 Jean-Paul Belmondo spy classic Le Magnifique. "James [plays] a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. He heads to Belize to escape his sudden celebrity, but gets entangled in an assassination plot. Thrown into a world of real danger, he must find a way to channel his lead character Colt Rodgers and save the day." Congratulations! Now you've read your Kevin James news for the day. Please proceed with the rest of it.