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If you want a movie where Tracy Morgan plays Tracy Jordan, Bruce Willis plays a shelled version of John McClane, and, somewhere in there, there’s a Kevin Smith film that’s just screaming to be let out, then Cop Out is the flick for you. It’s the first of its kind, a film directed by Smith that wasn’t written by Smith, and it shows. Writers Rob and Mark Cullen also wrote the pilot episode of Manchild, the male bonding comedy that was never picked up for a full series and also starred Smith.
Having said that, the new trailer released today over on Apple doesn’t feel like the new film directed by one of the most fan-followed writer/directors of our time. It feels like precisely what it is, a director for hire working from a buddy cop screenplay that’s giving about as much effort »
Kevin Smith has agreed to film a movie written by someone else. Since the start of his career in 1994, the cult filmmaker has only directed films that he thought of himself, controlling the entire process from word one to the editing phase. He has dabbled in TV pilots scripted by other talents, but this will be his first feature without a writing credit, and without the Weinstein Company.
WB has hired Smith for his first major studio movie directing A Couple of Cops about two veteran Lapd detectives attempt to track down a stolen, mint-condition, 1952 baseball card. The script was a part of 2008’s Black List, an industry compilation of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood and was originally called A Couple of Dicks. While the Weinsteins may have been patient with Smith’s latest title including the word “porno,” Warners doesn’t seem so eager to market a movie about that swinging plurality, »
- Jeff Leins
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