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Is Revolution Studios Making SPY VS SPY Finally'!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

As is befitting the subject matter, the communication we got here at the Labs tonight was terse, to the point:

Revolution Studios is going to announce a 75 million dollar Spy vs Spy flick on Friday. It is going to shoot in Prague, and has a script by Daniel Waters. Marcos Siega is rumored to direct. They are going to start casting as soon as the director is confirmed. Described as a high concept sleak comedy for all demographics, a four quadrant flick.

There’s enormous potential for a comedy in a SPY VS. SPY film, and one of the first things that I’m curious about is... how much dialogue is there? This was a strip about pure gags, setup and payoff, a repeated formula that was played with for years. Obviously, a film has to flesh it out somehow, but I hope there’s at least a nod to the purity of the original concept.

I’m working to confirm that this is true, so in the meantime consider this a rumor only.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • July 25, 2002, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I always liked the strip from MAD magazine....

    by MechaniFerret

    I don't know how they can do this justice, but it should be interesting to see how they approach it. Weren't the "spies" some type of bird? CGI or makeup/costumes? Spy vs. Spy should not be anything less than PG-13....It MUST be violent to be loyal to the strip. MF :oP

  • July 25, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST

    That bird-like thing that Alec Baldwin turned into in Beetlejuic

    by Terry_1978

    Though they'll probably go with makeup or CGI......don't know what hell those two spies were anyway......mutants perhaps?

  • July 25, 2002, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Monroe

    by Some Dude

    I've been reading Mad since the "Gremlins" cover. As much as I love "Spy vs Spy," I'd rather see a feature-length cartoon of the "Monroe" series. That would be too good.

  • July 25, 2002, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Crap!

    by 1649

    C'mon, they can't be serious. Spy vs. Spy is a comic strip, it hasn't got any movie potential what so ever! It's ruining a perfectly funny thing! So forget it, it'll never work.

  • July 25, 2002, 9:57 a.m. CST

    hmmm.

    by Juggernaut125

    I usually try not to be too pesimistic, but "they'll screw it up."

  • July 25, 2002, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Please don't let it be Tom and Jerry The Movie all over agai

    by Kabuki Man

    I can't imagine this movie working at all. I mean the characters don't talk. It would be wrong to give them an actual voice, but its probably going to happen anyway. Remember bastardized Tom and Jerry The Movie? Were Tom and Jerry actually spoke. Giving voices to silent stars is just wrong. But I hope they prove me wrong. I love the strips from Mad.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Well, it made an excellent computer game!

    by Chilli Kramer

    So it might make a good film, in some manic comedy sorta way. The computer game was on the C64, and was ruthlessly addictive to play with friends. Many's the fun time I had....

  • July 25, 2002, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Wendigo...

    by barkalounger

    I rally like your concept for this movie (I have never ever said that in an AICN talkback). With that said, there is a good chance they'll do something we don't like. On the other hand, this is Spy Vs. Spy we're talking about. It's not like they're pissing on the Mona Lisa.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Casting Will Be....

    by FanHalen

    Chris Tucker as "the black spy" and one of those SNL morons as the "white spy"....

  • July 25, 2002, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Tom and Jerry the Movie....

    by Terry_1978

    it was horrible to hear them talking, I really can't get over that.....the only way they'd ever work on the big screen again is to make an animated short, or to make a live-action 6 minute short, where both characters are CGI but do not talk, but merely pummel each other....now that I would like.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Casting

    by BradS

    Gotta be Jean Reno and Rowan Atkinson surely! John Turturro would be good too.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Yes it was a good game on da C64... WTF?

    by Lord_Soth

    What will be the next, Radar Rat Race?

  • July 25, 2002, 10:33 a.m. CST

    First of all...

    by Bad Guy

    Let me start by saying that I'm a huge Mad Magazine fan. (I have almost every single issue from #25 to the present.) I've just never found "Spy vsSpy" very funny. It's up there, or is that down there, with "Dave Berg's Lighter Side". In fact, I don't even read it anymore, I skip right over it when reading the latest issue of Mad. It's been the same joke over and over again for however many years it's been appearing in the magazine. I can't imagine sitting through 1 1/2 - 2 hours of that. The strip is obviously very popular, Mad even continued it with a new artist after the original artist, Antonio Prophias, passed away a couple of years ago, I just don't get the appeal.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:52 a.m. CST

    sleak?

    by Teko

    If you can't even spell the word "sleek", don't bother reporting news. I won't trust it.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Holy fuckshit, again with the no-material source material

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    This and Spy Hunter, what's the point? The basic plot behind Spy vs. Spy was have two guys find new ways to kill each other. Being Spy's had little to do with it - short of being a set-up, and allowing the writers an excuse for them to have access to macabre devices. There is nothing to base a story on - its not even a lauching pad. So why call it Spy vs. Spy when you know the end product will bear little resemblance to the orignal inspiration? It's just so fucking stupid - Studio is either trying to to dupe audiences, or take advantage of the popularity of a comic strip with no dialogue beyond "snicker, snicker" that may not even be all that popular. Then they end up paying licensing rights for what basically amounts to a completely original work. Why? Who cares? Why does this anger me? I also played the old C64 game - it seems like a way better application of the characters - Be white spy or black spy - which ever one you're not will try to kill you as you remove bombs from building. Please stop making movies like this, it makes no sense.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Holy fuckshit, again with the no-material source material

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    This and Spy Hunter, what's the point? The basic plot behind Spy vs. Spy was have two guys find new ways to kill each other. Being Spy's had little to do with it - short of being a set-up, and allowing the writers an excuse for them to have access to macabre devices. There is nothing to base a story on - its not even a lauching pad. So why call it Spy vs. Spy when you know the end product will bear little resemblance to the orignal inspiration? It's just so fucking stupid - Studio is either trying to to dupe audiences, or take advantage of the popularity of a comic strip with no dialogue beyond "snicker, snicker" that may not even be all that popular. Then they end up paying licensing rights for what basically amounts to a completely original work. Why? Who cares? Why does this anger me? I also played the old C64 game - it seems like a way better application of the characters - Be white spy or black spy - which ever one you're not will try to kill you as you remove bombs from building. Please stop making movies like this, it makes no sense.

  • July 25, 2002, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Fuck double posters. Fuck them up their stupid...Oh, right.

    by WeedyMcSmokey

  • July 25, 2002, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I was a little disappointed with Mad running ads too...

    by Bad Guy

    But you know what? It IS a business and if that's what they need to do to stay in business now, more power to them. Mad TV, really has nothing to do with Mad Magazine. It's an occasionally funny sketch comedy show, but other than the title, no connection to the magazine.

  • July 25, 2002, 12:25 p.m. CST

    It can work

    by Andel Crodo

    In fact, this is one of the few "CGI characters in real life" type movies that COULD work well, just like Roger Rabbit. They must *not* talk, though. That

  • July 25, 2002, 12:30 p.m. CST

    WHY REV STUDIOS!? Damn it... why must they continue to crank o

    by empyreal0

    Oh well. Flush this movie down the toilet.

  • July 25, 2002, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I think Tim Burton should direct it and Hulk Hogan should be the

    by Chaffro

    "Whatcha doin' wit that cannon there, brother? Holy shiii..."

  • July 25, 2002, 12:46 p.m. CST

    hmmm...how about

    by noiris

  • July 25, 2002, 12:48 p.m. CST

    hmmm...how about...

    by noiris

    ...An original fucking idea. This re-make, comic book, tv show, sequel, crap is getting out of control

  • July 25, 2002, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'm tellin' ya man...GROO, The Movie...

    by ThePoleOfJustice

    ...yup.

  • July 25, 2002, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I just don't get you people. Great movies come from great s

    by Neil MacAuley

    ...around Hollywood from 10,000 *creative* people, but none of those will fill 80% of the studio slots anymore because some exec is sitting in his office saying (and this is literally the logic, I don't think I'm exaggerating): "Hmmm, spies are hot right now, what with XXX, Austin Powers, James Bond, Bourne Identity, I have to come up with a spy movie. I know, "Get Smart!" the movie! No, wait, that's already being developed. Oh, kid spies! No, no, that was already done, called "Spy Kids." Um, let's see, what other product, no matter what it was, it could have been a hair gel-- has the name "SPY" in it? You know, because people need really simple titles that tell them the movie concept in no uncertain terms. Ok, moving on, let's see, hot chicks as kick-ass spies! No, that was "Charlie's Angels," damn. Hmm, was Indiana Jones a spy? No. Are there spies in Star Wars, can we rip that off somehow? No, damn. Oh, wait, remember Mad magazine I read when I was 9? The "Spy vs. Spy" comic strip!!! That has SPY in the title! Paydirt! There must be a MASSIVE built-in underground audience for that property that guarantees a huge opening weekend. Ha ha ha, okay even I'm not dumb enough to believe that, but my boss, the 55 year-old CEO of this company, doesnt' know that! I can sell him on how there's a huge revival of Spy vs. Spy, and even though there's no story, no characters beyond two cartoons trying to kill one another, and we'd be hard pressed to extend it beyond 3 minutes -- no problem. All we need is an uncomprehensible trailer with a bunch of CGI pranks and a hit song and then the title at the end in huge letters. And we'll get a couple known actors who have no b.o. cred and won't cost much, but people will know their names so they'll feel good about themselves and their choice of entertainment as they go into the theater. Let's see, how about David Arquette and Nathan Lane? Yeah, cheap as hell! GREENLIGHT!!"

  • July 25, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Moriarty, I'm really disappointed in you...

    by Neil MacAuley

    You're a WRITER, Moriarty. How can you support this absolutely DREADFUL greenlight decision that shows no creativity whatsoever? Spies are hot, so they found a spy property -- any property will do!! And they'll hire expensive, working writers who don't need the work. Seriously, Moriarty, I don't get you -- you'll write something that shows your intelligence and maturity and respect for the craft and the creative people in the industry -- then you support dreck ideas like this. This is a laughable project, so completely misguided and pointless. I'm going to go commit a school shooting. I really just hate you all, you're such clueless frickin' follower nerds. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  • July 25, 2002, 2:23 p.m. CST

    How about just $1 mil on an animated version...

    by Go Dr. X

    ...Instead of $75 million on a freakin' live-action film?? What an atrocious idea this is. Not everything makes a valid feature film. I know concepts are pitched in one line in Hollywood ("It's like Jaws, only in a mobile home!"), but you need a STORY to fill 90+ min. Are we THAT starved for ideas?

  • July 25, 2002, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Ok, I think we've been grossed out enough by the animation..

    by Viper-GunClan

    Yeah, you've made your point, whatever the hell that is...Eyes Wide Whatever, the movie sucked ass. Rent it in the 87 Cent 5 nights section if you want to be bored to tears...almost as bad as Attack of the Clones. I've pretty much lost all respect for this sight and the shitty childish reviews 'poor fact checking just to have a headline' that frequent this place. I'll stick w/Coming Attractions. Your suck up review on clones was bad enough but your perversity has now prompted me to say 'sayonara' to this 'less than shrug' website.

  • July 25, 2002, 3:16 p.m. CST

    How about Don Martin's "Fester Bestertester, Tough Private E

    by TimBenzedrine

    Champion of truth ,decency,and the American Way! And get John K. to direct it while you're It.

  • July 25, 2002, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Spy vs. Spy or black vs. white???????????

    by DoogieHowitzer

  • July 25, 2002, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Spy vs. Spy or black vs. white???????????

    by DoogieHowitzer

    Wasn't this what Undercover Brother was? Maybe they could do it as a silent film with Will Smith vs. Matt Damon from the Bourne Identity, or maybe a little older and wiser with Morgan Freeman vs. Robert Redford or some other old white guy actor. How the hell can you even think about a 2 hour movie based on ten years of 3 panel sight gags????? Are these people complete morons????? Wait,,,,,I'm the moron for thinking they are not.

  • July 25, 2002, 3:37 p.m. CST

    And It Stars Gigolo Joe As WHITE SPY & Bullseye As BLACK SPY!!!

    by Son Of Batboy

    Used to play it on my 128k Apple. Dem were the days.

  • July 25, 2002, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Marcos Siega is a music video director who did a lot of Eve 6 an

    by EL Duderino

    Believe me, this is not something to be ecstatic about, not just yet. I'd be happy if I heard John Landis was directing, or somebody who clearly is a comedy director, but this just doesn't sound good as of now. Of course, I'm not taking into consideration millions of other variables which have not been announced at this time (script quality, etc.), but as of now I can only assume that this isn't being made for quality sakes.

  • July 25, 2002, 6:55 p.m. CST

    test - do not read

    by qualopec

    test

  • July 25, 2002, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who sees potential here?

    by JonQuixote

    The story of two mortal enemy spies forced to work with each other. Or against. With the right script and the right cast, this could be hilarious. Vicious black black black comedy. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with booby traps and explosions. Of course, I'm sure they'll ham it up and go for a goofy PG-version, but there is potential here, and feh on those who can't see it.

  • July 25, 2002, 7:05 p.m. CST

    caRreY vs. wAYaNs?

    by Louis P.

    That was the casting decision back in the "In Living Color" days but something that I would still like to see. Maybe it could happen. My Wife and Kids is ABC's top sitcom, that's saying something. I mean at least it's an ABC show that makes the top 50 every once in a while. Carrey is perfect for physical comedy that a "Spy vs. Spy" movie would require. The only problem I have with it is they plan to target all demographics. I would perfer the budget to be chopped in half and bring the MAD strips "KaBoom" factor to life, making it more of a Chaplin/Keaton kind of flick. Jackie Chan would also work.

  • July 25, 2002, 7:11 p.m. CST

    "I hope there

    by Kieran

    Purity of the original concept? Vintage stuff! Oh Moriarty, you've done it again!

  • July 25, 2002, 7:35 p.m. CST

    CommodoreBasedMovies64

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Can't help but contribute to this. How about Paradroid ? Directed by David Fincher? No wait. Chris Cunningham. (when will he do feature length?) And speaking of Thundar, what was the other cartoon of a similar era and style. It involved a similar barbarian bloke and a gang of monsters, one of which was a eight legged rhino that fired rocks from it's horn. Only a matter of time before some balless souless sucker of satan's cock does 'Grape Ape' in a CGI scooby shit style.

  • July 25, 2002, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Remember When Hollywood Wanted To Do A Live-Action "South Park"?

    by jollydwarf

    At least put 'em in on the DVD. (Smacking forehead) Jesus! Can the mining go any deeper than a one-page black-and-white (literally) comic strips with NO FUCKING DIALOGUE? Look, I've spent the last four or five weeks trying to shake a bald-wigged Dana Carvey out of my head saying "Do I not look turtley enough? Tur-tle, tur-tle," while in a David Byrne-rejected suit. Now I have to think about this quinessential stretch job? I really can't take this anymore. Put it to you this way: Disney films suck now, and video games are being mined for movies. But in October, Squaresofts' "Kingdom Hearts" is being released, and anyone who has seen the trailer can vouch for me when I say it looks better than actual movies of late. So will Disney have Pixar make a movie about the video game based on all of their classic films? It's getting to the point where the dog might finally catch its own tail. P.S. If this "Spy Vs. Spy" flick gets made, then the poster HAS TO be one of the "Match A to B" folding sight gags. Has to.

  • July 26, 2002, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Trevor Goodchild: genius

    by Frietag

    Trevor Goodchild: "Only a matter of time before some balless souless sucker of satan's cock does 'Grape Ape' in a CGI scooby shit style." BA HA HA HA HA This is the finest chunk o' criticism posted on TalkBack since ever. I spit up my milk. ....................Shameless plug: [http://www.countingdown.com/features/?feature_id=834881]

  • July 26, 2002, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Lude Jaw and Falling Cowl

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Kyle McLachlan 10 years from now. Alex Ross style. Clint Eastwood 10 years ago. Frank Miller style.

  • July 26, 2002, 1:57 p.m. CST

    the trouble, JonQ

    by Juggernaut125

    ...is that it COULD have potential. But as soon as one of them talks and ruins the illusion of these familiar characters the charm will be gone. There's a lot of movies we have seen come out where the concept had great potential but the delivery was terrible. Case in point, Tomb Raider. Potential to revitalize the Indianna Jones concept of high-adventure archeology with a hot female lead. But what we get is a luke warm blah movie that bombs. It's happened countless times before. And in this case the outcome is pretty obvious. Stinker.

  • July 26, 2002, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Jollydwarf

    by Juggernaut125

    I have to thank you. At the mention of "Kingdom Hearts" by Disney and Squaresoft, I went searching for the trailer (wasn't hard, they have it at Squaresofts' web site). It looks FREAKIN' AMAZING!!

  • July 26, 2002, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Neil et al

    by Anton_Sirius

    OK, keep in mind I too think that this film has a 98.23% chance of sucking the sweat off a camel's balls. HOWEVER if the writer is given a little leeway, anything is possible. For instance- maybe the black/white bird-lookin' guys are actually clones or something grown in a vat by the two rival intelligence organizations and used (repeatedly) as cannon fodder. The plot of the movie would have two of them figuring out that they only exist just to get killed in some meaningless skirmish, and see them teaming up just to survive. You could do something like that and still have them not talk- give all the dialogue to the spy chiefs as the bad guys, have the 'good' guys, the spy clones, (CGI or live action, whatever) stay silent and just communicate through facial expressions and gestures. OK, I'm reaching, I know, but it would be POSSIBLE to do. Just not probable.

  • July 26, 2002, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I can sense the amazing depth these characters will have already

    by Sofa King

    Sadly, the writers they get to do this will probably start out by trying to dumb them down. This will be quite a task considering that the original characters had literally NO personalities, but they'll manage. Really, SPY vs. SPY? If they're THAT desperate for material, I could make a killing out there- oh no, wait, they probably just ignore all creativity out there in favor of title recognition.

  • July 26, 2002, 6:19 p.m. CST

    PS-

    by Sofa King

    "Finally?" You've been WAITING for this??!?

  • July 28, 2002, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Inch High Private Eye............

    by colley_cibber

    ........Undercover Elephant? Ratfink? - Vincent Gallo was born to play Victor A-Go-Go. Affleck & Damon ARE Touche Turtle & Dum Dum. Pinky & the Brain - Vincent D'Onofrio could play both roles........... Fucking, fuckers; fuck, fuck.....

  • July 28, 2002, 2:46 p.m. CST

    will it be in COLOR

    by dumbkidd

    the strip has allways been b&w, why not do it in the movie? ...dont get me wrong i DO NOT want this movie made, how long is it gonna be 30 seconds?

  • July 28, 2002, 10:13 p.m. CST

    SPY-DEY

    by TomVee

    Can someone let CHAFFRO know that his "Hulk Hogan" postings are cretinous? Not to mention imbecilic. As for SPY VS SPY, I smell another BORIS AND NATASHA in the making.

  • July 28, 2002, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Just wait, I bet the movie will be all live-action with no conne

    by Elgyn6655321

    It`s just gonna be two comedians playing rival spies. At the most, there might be an animated opening-credits sequence or something.

  • July 29, 2002, 1:03 p.m. CST

    He's right (In the above article)....

    by Quiddity

    Have the heroes NEVER say a word. If anyone speaks, it should be a bit player or an extra who is setting up the gag. The heroes should be absolutely mute.