13 October 2009 2:19 PM, PDT | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Last week we reported Gary Ross was in talks with Sony Pictures to write and direct the Spider-Man spin-off Venom.  Now it seems the comic book movie will have to wait because Ross is close to directing Matt Helm for Paramount.

The movie would be based on a series of 27 novels by author Donald Hamilton about a counter-agent and similar in tone to the Bourne franchise.  Steven Spielberg was once considered for the director’s chair, but may end up getting a producer’s credit on the film.  (Spielberg has since moved to remake Harvey.)

According to The Playlist, George Clooney and Jon Hamm were considered for the title character, but eliminated for separate reasons. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team) is the front runner for the lead.  That guy must have a phenomenal agent, he’s popping up in contention for everything.  He’s not exactly the modern Dean Martin, »

- Jeff Leins

Report a problem

Similar News Items

Steven Spielberg
George Clooney
Bradley Cooper (I)

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners