According to Deadline Word on the Street, Walden Media has bought the rights to produce a movie version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the game that got me through my childhood. They will be teaming with Jennifer Lopez‘s Nuyorican Productions, and the real mystery is whether she’ll simply produce, or whether she’ll don the giant red fedora to star as well.

On the other hand, an entire movie spent searching for Sandiego would mean the possibility of very little screen-time for Sandiego, so who knows what role she might actually take if starring.

The synopsis is apparently as follows: “When the ACME agency’s greatest detective Carmen Sandiego becomes the world’s greatest thief, it’s up to her former partner to follow her clues and track her down. Their cat-and-mouse game leads the partner to confront a greater mystery: Is Carmen really a thief or a hero?”

Sound exactly like Salt.

If done right, the movie should strike a family friendly tone that manages to teach a little bit of geography without being obviously a learning tool. It should also involve Rockapella somehow (as the television game show did), or else be doomed to abject and complete failure. Of course, all of this should be taken with the same skepticism as a sandwich being sold by Sam O’Nella. After all, we’ve been waiting on that Where’s Waldo? movie since it was announced back in the Summer of ’09 – which is also the first time I called seriously for them to make a Carmen Sandiego movie. Coincidence? Probably.

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