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Akiva Goldsman's Directoial Debut Will Be with 'Man & Wife'

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March 18, 2010

Akiva Goldsman

Just the other day there was speculation that writer Akiva Goldsman would make his feature directorial debut with Paranormal Activity 2 until it was revealed he would only join the project as an exec producer. However, it looks like he'll be sitting in the director's chair of a feature length film after all, as LA Times' 24 Frames reports he has officially signed on to direct Man and Wife, an all-too-familiar story of a seemingly ordinary husband who's actually a hitman and what happens when his wife begins to suspect something. If I didn't know better, we already saw a trailer for this, and it's called Killers. But Hollywood loves recycling.

Obviously this also shares some similarities with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or even better, True Lies, and like many movies similar to this, much of its success will depend on who's cast as the leads. With Goldsman we already know we can expect intense action sequences, because even though he's never directed a film, he's been responsible for writing big budget, though not always quality, films like The Da Vinci Code, Batman Forever and Lost in Space not to mention producing recent and upcoming blockbusters like I Am Legend, Hancock, The Losers and Jonah Hex. However, I don't have much confidence in the story since it comes from Alan McElroy, who wrote such stellar films as The Marine, Wrong Turn and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

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  • Squiggly_P
    So one of the industry's shittiest producers and possibly it's WORST writer of watered-down regurgitated marketing-trend-oriented piles of cinematic crap is going to start directing as well. I can't wait. The only reason this guy has a career is because of A Beautiful Mind. Beyond that film, he is responsible for some of the worst films ever made. This is the guy who took what was one of his "favorite" scripts from several years ago and then had it re-written so many times that it no longer resembled - even remotely - the original script he had decided to produce. Hancock. Maybe the script was so good that he didn't want people to die of pure unfiltered glee in the theaters or something. He also wrote Batman & Robin. HE WROTE BATMAN & ROBIN! How the fuck this guy still has a career is beyond me. Robert Christian made one colossally bad movie and it ruined his career. Goldsman seems to be able to make one massive pile of shit after another and still somehow be highly regarded as a creator/writer/producer. Why? It's shit like him that makes me hate Hollywood.

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