Kevin Reynolds Will Direct Kevin Costner in Learning Italian
by Alex Billington
February 26, 2010
Another new project for Kevin Costner. Variety announces tonight that Costner will re-team with director Kevin Reynolds for a new spy comedy called Learning Italian. The concept, which is pretty great, sees Costner as a CIA agent who has been stationed in an idyllic coastal town in Italy to keep an eye on a KGB agent there -- until both secret agencies order the two spies to return to their respective countries and cook up a pseudo-threat to justify their continued stays in Italy. That sounds like a love story? Why else would the two want to return to Italy? We haven't seen a spy comedy since Get Smart, so I'm excited for another.
This will be the fourth time Costner and Reynolds have worked together following Fandango (1985), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1981) and Waterworld (1995). We all know what a mess Waterworld was, so let's hope this doesn't production doesn't encounter similar problems. Considering this is an indie with a small budget, I don't think we have to be worried. Learning Italian has received funding from the Bavarian Bank Fund in order to shoot at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and around southern Germany. I'm already curious to find out who they cast as the other KGB spy? We'll let you know once it's announced - stay tuned!