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Nicole Kidman’s Eighth Wonder is to Indiana Jones what Bourne was to James Bond?

Leave it to the Hollywood spin-machine to make our day interesting with a ridiculous comparison. 20th Century Fox has picked up a project called The Eighth Wonder, in which Nicole Kidman will star and produce. And as The Hollywood Reporter is saying this morning, the film has set some lofty goals:

Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but the story centers on an archeological discovery that sets off a globe-spanning race. The goal is to create a movie that will be to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” what the “Bourne” movies are to James Bond movies: a character-driven, treasure-hunting thriller.

If that doesn’t have your head shaking, I don’t know what will. You are telling me that a Nicole Kidman-led actioner is going to be to Indiana Jones what Bourne was to James Bond. Isn’t that setting the bar a little too high? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that its not possible, I’m just not convinced that it’s going to happen. On top of that, haven’t we already seen the wannabe Indiana Jones flicks such as The Mummy (and subsequent sequels) and Tomb Raider? Both of those franchises had their victories, but came nowhere close to being what The Eighth Wonder has already said that it could be. Again, I’m not saying it won’t happen — I’m just skeptical about such an ambitious goal for a film that is in the script stage. Then again, as these things go, time to wait and see if they can pull it off. Though, I would recommend that they secure a solid director first.

What do you think about this film claiming to be the next best thing to Indiana Jones?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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