If Fox has its way, Sam Worthington and Chris Pine will battle as ex-black ops spies trying to win the affection of Reese Witherspoon. This apparently involves destroying much of New York in the process. It’s, er, supposed to be a romantic comedy. That is, if the film ever gets made.
According to Vulture, the script for “This Means War” has been around since the beginning of time, with a variety of directors (everyone from “Pirates of the Caribbean’s” Gore Verbinksi to the current would-be director McG attached), and a slew of writers having taken their crack at it at one point or another since 1988. At one time, Martin Lawrence (!!!) of all people was attached to star. Hard to believe, I know, but at one point Lawrence was actually a sought-after movie commodity, and not always to wear a dress and fat suit.
The new version of “This Means War” would have Worthington and “Star Trek’s” Chris Pine (already signed on) in the starring roles, though Vulture seems highly doubtful the movie will get made with at least one of those two involved. Besides the fact that Worthington is on the hook to do both the “Clash of the Titans” sequel and “Avatar 2” for James Cameron, two films that he wouldn’t want to ditch even if he could, he’s also said to have another movie called “Man on a Ledge” that he’s mulling over.
“Man on a Ledge” actually has a decent premise: when a would-be jumper, an ex-cop, threatens to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, a police psychologist is called in to talk him down. Unbeknownst to the doc and everyone at the scene, the suicide attempt is really just a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever attempted. Now that sounds like a movie.
If Worthington’s schedule does prove too hectic, or he decides to queue up “Man on a Ledge” instead, the article says Colin Farrell has second dibs on the role.