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Joe Carnahan thinks Jason Bateman is a REMARKABLE FELLOW and so does Universal!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now, this sounds like an interesting project. Jason Bateman's small screentime in SMOKIN' ACES was one of my favorite things about that movie. Now Joe Carnahan is writing a movie, based on an idea by Bateman, called THE REMARKABLE FELLOWS. It's a buddy action comedy that will star Bateman as one of a pair of brothers who take over the family business, which is set around exacting revenge for their clients. They are "part James Bond and part Ricky Jay." Sounds like a great role for Bateman. Carnahan is writing this before pre-production starts on WHITE JAZZ. Universal is gonna put up the bank.

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  • May 17, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by Playkins

    Carnahan rocks and so does Bateman!! gOOD COMBINATION!

  • May 17, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by bluepizza


  • May 17, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST

    very first time

    by GQtaste


  • May 17, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by Punch Man

    for now, maybe forever

  • May 17, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    DIRTY WORK, anyone?

    by wackybantha

    Can Norm MacDonald be in it??? PLEASE????

  • May 17, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    ...and ACES was awesome.

    by Playkins

    Will be a cult classic, mark my words.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    This year's Little Miss GUNshine!!

    by El Mono

    somebody had to say it...

  • May 17, 2007, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Aw, Man!

    by lost.rules

    Not first.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:17 a.m. CST

    smokin' aces was a HUGE train wreck

    by BadMrWonka

    I'll see anything with Bateman, but jesus, that movie was terrible. half wannabe nihilist tarantino action fest, half complicated crime drama mystery...ALL CONFUSED! if you got the girl laid out, and you can't put it blew it...

  • May 17, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Bateman's a Master

    by Birdys Piano Teacher

    He was damn funny in The Ex, too.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Is it an action movie FOR REAL this time?

    by Neo Zeed

    Or is it a bait and switch deal like with Smoking Aces?

  • May 17, 2007, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Kurt Russell

    by White Goodman

    He laughed when I suggested he play Bateman's older brother.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    TeenWOLF 2

    by Mr_X

    electric boogaloo

  • May 17, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by Playkins

    And being the "Pro" that you are, you know all about other people's ideas, huh?

  • May 17, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Will Arnett

    by coolhanderik

    should be his brother. Seriously.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you're upset about another TB argument we got in, and I won...<p>let's not bring it here...

  • May 17, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by Playkins

    Whatever made you think that was a victory?

  • May 17, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST


    by supersize

    So there opening day!

  • May 17, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    the fact that you're here whining is a great start...

  • May 17, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST


    by Playkins

    No, getting you to keep assuring yourself the victor was the great start.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    no, getting you to keep thinking that I'm gonna...wait, no, that you're...wait...<p>this is the talkback with a subject I cared about, we had issues, and I asserted my position, and, in my opinion, I won. true, it's subjective, but in my subjective opinion, I frickin' won. and insult as you may, that's enough for me...if you want more, you're gonna have to find another topic I care about and take a contrary position...

  • May 17, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Where's the fuckin LOST talkback???????????????????????

    by Lamerz


  • May 17, 2007, 2:01 a.m. CST

    wait...I'm 5'9...

    by BadMrWonka

    now I forget where I know playkins from...

  • May 17, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    medium height people forget

    by BadMrWonka

    fact people! it's science...

  • May 17, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Lamerz, Moriarty already said it wasn't going to.......

    by lost.rules

    happen. It's to protect you from spoilers that fans can post. Damn you, Sylar-eats-brains!

  • May 17, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST

    This so fuckin cool!

    by Womb2dooM

    I am excited about this movie. Excited this is am I about movie.

  • May 17, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Will there be poop swatches?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Anyway, I do like this Jason Bateman, so I look forward to whatever he does next. As someone above said, he was easily the best thing about Smokin' Aces, which was otherwise an awful, sub-Tarantino, sub-Guy Ritchie pile of nonsense. It does have a special place in my heart, though, because it is the one and only film I have ever walked out on.

  • May 17, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    It should be called Dirty Work 2: The New Adventures

    by BagSalad

    Shouldnt it? Because the plot is somewhat similar, I think.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    The first thing I thought was Dirty Work

    by John-Locke

    I think the idea is ripe for exploiting as an action comedy buddy flick but clearly Bateman didn't have the original idea, it's just Dirty Work with more action. Oh and Smokin' Aces is a totally pointless film, not enough fun or action for me to want to watch it again, sure it has some moments but for a film that doesn't take itself too seriously it took itself too seriously, the whole plot was pretty shit and pointless when you think about it.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    White Jazz is DOOMED!

    by Spandau Belly

    The Black Dahlia was a more obvious cinematic adaptation and DePalma a suitable match for the material and it turned out to be THE WORST ADAPTATION EVER. White Jazz is even more complicated, with a more distinct narrative style and a much less likeable protagonist. Even if Joe films a good flick the studio will cut it down to shreds.

  • May 17, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by darthnoodle

    i'll see this. bateman was the best thing in smokin aces.

  • May 17, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    This Sounds Like...

    by Sean38

    ...IT'S YOUR MOVE - The Adult Years. I wonder if they'll get that dude who went on to play Marcy's first husband on Married With Children as Jason's comic foil?

  • May 17, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Bateman Begins

    by Automaton Overlord

    I hope more arrested allumni sign on. please!

  • May 17, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    His scene in Smokin' Aces

    by Garbageman33

    Was the only reason I didn't flip out and take a butter dispenser to the whole place. "Thanks God! Pile a piss poor physique on top of a small cock and hereditary alcoholism. 'Preciate it!"

  • May 17, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    This will be fun!

    by Frank Black

    Jason Bateman was awesome in Smokin Aces but the guy that stole that movie was the sluggish dude who was part of Ben Affleck's crew with the beard and shaggy hair! I kept saying, who is that actor? He is hilarious! The scenes with the little kid taunting him were cinema magic.

  • May 17, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    He was great as the baddie in 'American Psycho'!

    by pokadoo

    And he's Michael J Fox's cousin in real life!

  • May 17, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The only other cool thing about Smokin Aces besides him

    by White Goodman

    Was that Jack from Lost got killed by an Other. Weird.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Wasnt that anti-terrorist

    by skimn

    movie he made with Jamie Fox supposed to be out by now? And isn't he good buddies with Vince Vaughn...Starsky & Hutch (loved the 'stache)..Dodgeball..The Break-Up...I don't know if he can carry a flick on his own, but he's some damn fine support.

  • May 17, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Will Arnett!

    by AngelCordy

    Make it happen

  • May 17, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Jason Bateman Rules!

    by Colier Rannd

    I absoluely loved Arrested Development! I hope they get some of that cast together for this. This is awesome!

  • May 17, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    puppy shit

    by BadMrWonka

    I don't drink coffee, and I'm not a film student...but you go on thinking Matt Cale is a great reviewer. he appeals to the idiot wannabe alpha male bullshit you seem to love.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    if his ideas were worth anything, he wouldn't have to resort to being a complete ass to get attention. jerry falwell was the same way. if you scream loud enough, people will listen, even if you have nothing substantial to say. it's akin to giving yourself a really cringe-inducingly stupid talkback name just so people will notice that...oh've got that covered already.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    the Bateman bandwagon

    by hktelemacher

    Funny how much of a following he has thanks to AD. Or Silver Spoons, I don't know. AD made and remade so many careers it's not even funny. Shit, now I'm angry again. Best show ever, man. And Smokin Aces was a treat. Carnahan's got a good record so far, not counting Blood Guts Bullets and Octane.