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!
Screw this! I want a MR.BROOKS 2!! You got my hopes up with that cool pic. For shame!
Crazy Olyphant on Feb 26, 2010
#1 Me too, bring it! I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy
Kaiser on Feb 26, 2010
It's the fifth time they've worked together, I think - Costner produced Rapa Nui for Reynolds as well. They must have patched up their differences after fifteen years as they have a famously volatile relationship. One minute best of friends, the next they can't stand each other. Reynolds once said Costner should just direct himself all the time. And I can see why - apart from one misfire, he's pretty good at it. I wonder what this means for that WW2 movie Costner was going to do? Has it been pushed back?
Mathieu on Feb 26, 2010
YEs! The Reynolds-Costner team is back! I loved their first pic, Fandango, and several of their re-teamings...great to see this friendship re-ignited.
Bum Love on Feb 26, 2010
awesome, gotta love Costner...I mean the guy did bring The Postman to the silver screen.
Xerxex on Feb 26, 2010
Xerxex, yes he made The Postman, but his directorial efforts also include two of the best Westerns of the modern era. Two out of three ain't bad...
Mathieu on Feb 26, 2010
Meh, very meh.
Cody on Feb 26, 2010
Kaiser it will be at some point but they always take sooo damn long! Some day......
Crazy Olyphant on Feb 27, 2010
What the hell does Kevin Costner need with Kevin Reynolds? Reynolds direction of Robin Hood was utterly lacking in style or imagination and its success at the Box Office was solely based on Costner's star power. Waterworld was a disaster, of course. Fandango I admit I have never seen but not sure anyone else has either. The point is, even granting Costner's decilining box office creed, he still has--in the right circumstance--the ability to open a movie. Reynold's career has been a succession of failures and his very public sniping of Costner just made himself look like a vindictive little prick.
Jack Desmondi on Mar 16, 2010
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