When Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin teamed up to host the 2010 Academy Awards, they had an easy chemistry and were generally pretty charming, but they didn’t exactly set the world on fire with a mind-blowing show. But then James Franco and Anne Hathaway teamed up to host the 2011 Awards and suddenly Baldwin and Martin look like geniuses. Because of this, and because of their continued chemistry on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, Adam Shankman (the guy who produced Baldwin and Martin’s Oscar telecast) is trying to put together a movie starring the duo. It’s said to still be in the early stages of development, but it would be a comedy that borrows elements from movies like Trading Places and Grumpy Old Men. I guess that means Baldwin and Martin are now considered old guys. Sorry about your luck, gentlemen.
Personally, I would welcome any sort of project that aimed a spotlight on two talents like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. These guys are two of the best comedic actors of all time, and neither one of them has had as much luck as they probably should have when it comes to the world of feature films. At one point Baldwin looked like he would become one of those huge leading man actors on the level of a Brad Pitt or a George Clooney, and then he just… didn’t. Steve Martin used to be widely praised as the funniest man on the planet, and had a stable of great film roles to back that up, but over the last fifteen years or so he’s made so many terrible movies that there’s probably a new generation of kids who know him just as a poor man’s Mr. Bean or something. Both of these guys could really use a hit to remind everyone what major league talents they are.
Unfortunately, this project is being put together by Adam Shankman, so that’s probably not going to happen. What is Shankman known for, you ask? He made some stunningly lame movies from the beginning of the last decade like The Wedding Planner and A Walk to Remember. He’s teamed up with Martin several times before to create gems like Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Bringing Down the House. And he’s even got the directing credit on things called Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special and Zac Efron’s Pool Party. If there was anything in the world that could inspire me to believe that a big screen comeback for Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin was on it’s way, making a movie with Adam Shankman definitely wouldn’t be it. Aren’t there any good filmmakers out there that want to give these guys a shot? Somebody light up the Coen Brothers Signal!
Source: Deadline Cedar Lake