Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

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Yes, the moment you may or may not have been waiting for since 1991 is almost here: 21 Jump Street, the overly sincere, denim heavy, painfully ‘80s TV series about baby-faced cops going undercover in high schools, blowin’ up the spot and teaching everyone about morals or whatever, has been updated and turned into a movie that’s being released this weekend! The series, which aired from 1987 to 1991, served as a launching pad for the career of one of today’s greatest actors: Peter DeLuise. (Johnny Depp may have also been on the show.) The weird premise and casting of a pre-mega fame DeLuise are, I guess, what keep 21 Jump Street alive in our collective memory all of these years later. (Although, I don’t think that this new movie is necessarily intended for people who were fans of the series or who were even alive during its run.) Even though the whole “film based on old TV show” genre is ultimately the result of laziness, unoriginality, and rooted in the simple fact that that our memories and feelings of nostalgia can be exploited for profit, the release of 21 Jump Street means that series that existed in the ‘90s are starting to make their way to the big screen and that’s kind of exciting. So if this is where we’re headed, someone might as well start adapting the following shows.

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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 […]

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Universal has snatched up a project that was in turn around that will adapt “Where’s Waldo?” for the big screen. Now, how exactly does one do that?

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