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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are an interesting pair. After striking gold with '21 Jump Street,' they are currently working on a CG Lego movie, color me intrigued. Now it seems they're looking to add another project to their schedule. The two are in talks with Warner Brothers to direct 'Carter Beats the Devil,' based on the novel by Glen David Gold. The period mystery story revolves around a magician in the 1920s who finds himself in hot water when the President dies after participating in one of his tricks. The project has been bounced around from Paramount, where it was planned as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, to AMC, who considered adapting it as a series, and now to Warner Brothers. As of right now, no official deal has been finalized.
I am a huge fan of Lord and Miller. First they brought us the hilariously offbeat animated series 'Clone High,' and then they took a children's book and created the phenomenal animated feature 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.' As if that weren't enough, they then adapted an 80s television series, one that had no business being on the big screen over twenty years past its cancellation, and made it into one of the biggest surprises of the year. Also, I can't wait to see the Lego movie these guys put together. I'm really excited to see what they do with this particular project. True, I've never read 'Carter Beats the Devil,' but the description alone has me on board. The creative combination of genre and history, without venturing to the more off-the-wall approaches such as 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' is definitely a plus in my book.
What do you guys think? Has anyone read 'Carter Beats the Devil?' Do you like this directing choice?