What’s Steven Spielberg gonna do when Tintin wraps? If you read the title to this story, then you already know, but for the rest of you, let’s spell it out. Spielberg is in talk to produce and possibly direct Matt Helm for Paramount.
“Matt Helm” is based on a series of 27 novels written by Donald Hamilton about a government agent whose mission is to take down enemy agents. While the novels were set in the post-WWII Cold War era, the current script is set in the present. While a series of tongue-in-cheek films were made with Dean Martin playing Helm as a playboy spy, the tone of Attanasio’s script is closer to that of “The Bourne Identity.”
While the Matt Helm novels rock it for those wanting an alternative to James Bond, any modern take will instantly be compared to Bond or Bourne, and that ultimately could hurt the franchise.
A new script was delivered to Paramount last week that has Spielberg all excited, so this deal could move from talk to production very quickly.