Forgotten all about Borat, Bruno and The Dictator yet? Neither have we. And Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t look like he’s going to stop any time soon. His next project could be a James Bond-style spy spoof.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the film will be about a secret agent, forced to go on the run with his brother, who happens to be a football hooligan. Apparently the British actor has already written the screenplay for the as-of-yet untitled film, with help from the man behind the 2011 comedy Cedar Rapids Phil Johnston.
The film will be produced by Paramount Pictures, which has a long-term agreement with Mr Baron Cohen. Anyone else slightly surprised they bought into the football hooligan aspect? There’s no guarantee that it will transfer so well Stateside.
Either way this is the most tame idea we’ve heard of from Baron Cohen in a long while. It almost seems politically correct! When you consider the amount of spoofs that do well in Hollywood though, perhaps he no longer feels the need to court attention quite so blatantly. Baron Cohen’s own spoofs always gain high media attention, that transfers into relatively decent box office success.
Plus, the British spy spoof has a history of popularity. Just look at Rowan Atkinson’s Johnny English, which spawned a sequel in 2011’s Johnny English Reborn. Not to mention the hilarious Austin Powers trilogy starring Mike Myers.
While it’s not his most original idea, Sacha Baron Cohen fans will no doubt flock to the cinema when it reaches our shores, and of course he’ll still manage to offend someone.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this project, and the release date.