Sacha Baron Cohen to Write and Maybe Lead a Spy Spoof Comedy
After rocking the mockumentary subgenre, and then moving to the Coming to America style R-rated comedy The Dictator, it looks like Sacha Baron Cohen has set his sights on James Bond for some laughs. Variety reports Cohen, and Phil Johnston (writer of Cedar Rapids and Wreck-It Ralph), have just sold a pitch for an untitled spy spoof comedy. However, the film will not actually be a straight-up parody of 007, and will merely feature a spy similar to the iconic secret agent as he is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan. However, right now it's not clear if Cohen will actually star.
The pitch was picked up for a hefty sum (high six to low seven figure range), but Cohen's commitment to star is dependent on his schedule. However, we're not sure if he'll take a cue from The Dictator and also play his idiot brother. Frankly, I'd rather see another comedic actor go toe-to-toe with the actor. In addition, if this is going to be a spy comedy, action sequences with the actor playing both parts would be considerably more difficult. Cohen's first attempt at non-mockumentary comedy wasn't exactly a home run, but it was definitely funnier than I anticipated. Here's hoping the long series of spy films offer plenty of material ripe for spoofing and it turns out better than Johnny English.