Jack Black in Bourne-ish Comedy - The Bourne Idiocy?
by Kevin Powers
October 1, 2008
The Bourne Series was pretty much the pinnacle of amnesic assassin storylines (even though The Long Kiss Goodnight is still my favorite), so the only real option for an addition to this genre of film is to turn it into a comedy. Enter Jack Black, and Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Hollywood Reporter tells us that the three have set up a live-action film at Universal which will feature Black as "as an American who finds himself washed up the shores of Cuba with no idea of who he is and how he got there. He comes to the conclusion that he must be a superspy, though in reality he is far from one." And lest you think I'm stretching with the Bourne association, Berger pretty much calls it out as a primary influence.
The idea actually sounds like a pretty good one. Turning the seriousness of the Bourne premise on its head with Black at the helm sounds like it could be pretty damn funny. But why a character of Black's girth would conclude he was formerly a superspy is anyone's guess. Of course, the guy's last foray into fighting (since Kung Fu Panda doesn't count), Nacho Libre, comes to mind, along with the various shenanigans he undertook to get into competitive shape. This time, I imagine his rehabilitation and search for muscle memory will take place under the cover-of-night and probably in black lycra. All in all, the mental picture right now seems worthwhile and funny enough as is, not considering what happens next in the story.
Berger and Aibel certainly know Black, so the action-comedy has that going for it out of the gate. "For our next live-action project," Aibel said, "we knew we wanted to work with either a panda or Jack… We also figured that if we could write for Jack as a panda, we could write for him as a human." Although, the guys don't have a lot of experience actually writing for humans in this context - they're also currently working on DreamWorks' next film Monsters vs. Aliens - so I'm curious how this flavor will turn out. I routinely enjoy Black's often-ridiculous films, so I'm definitely on-board for now, unless something else goes wrong.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Steven on Oct 1, 2008
Absolutely horrible idea. Man, they are slumming it with this one.
RandyG on Oct 1, 2008
Really bad idea. Hope this one doesn't get made.
Ryan on Oct 1, 2008
even if it is Beverly Hills Ninja Bad, it will be a billion times better than Dragonball
Al on Oct 1, 2008
Kung-Fu Panda Bourne???!!
D-9 on Oct 1, 2008
Al, I'm not getting the Dragonball association here. Are you thinking of Balls of Fury and confusing Dan Folger with Jack Black?
RandyG on Oct 1, 2008
This will be bad. Like Beverly Hills Ninja Bad.
Lefthanded on Oct 1, 2008
Sure, why not? doesnt sound that bad to me.
Mario Tenorio on Oct 1, 2008
Sometimes, all one needs to lift his spirits is a heavy dose of Jack Black. Let's have it.
vegeta on Oct 1, 2008
Wait, haven't I already seen this film? /shamestorm Cedric The Entertainer in The Cleaner? /shamestorm
Chris on Oct 1, 2008
It's refreshing to see a spoof movie from filmmakers who are actually capable after this flood of Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Movie Movie, etc. of recent years. Not that I'll be watching it. PASS!
Frame on Oct 1, 2008
Long Kiss Goodnight was slightly underrated and overlooked, but better than any of the Bournes? I dunno about that one... I can't get enough of Jack Black. Gimme more.
kevjohn on Oct 2, 2008
I always knew that if I lived long enough, and met, listened, read the words of enough people, I'd eventually find someone who actually liked THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. But never did I once imagine that I would come across someone who would say, "...A Long Kiss Goodnight is still my favorite" I'm guessing that you meant to write THE instead of A. 🙂
Feo Amante on Oct 2, 2008
Ahh yes, The Long Kiss Goodnight.....I like it, I own it, and appreciate it for what it is. However, the Bourne series would still be a favorite if I had to chose.
Tim "Cloverfield" on Oct 3, 2008
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