Paramount Picks Up Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘James Bond’ Spoof
The very things that made James Bond cool — the girls, the tuxedo, the gadgets — also made the concept ripe for spoofs and off-shoots.
Now Paramount is jumping into the fray, acquiring a pitch fromSacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston for an untitled comedy project featuring a James Bond-like spy who “is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan,” according to the studio.
Baron Cohen might take a role in the project, though that would depend on availability and scheduling.
Baron Cohen has a first-look deal with Paramount and starred in this year’s The Dictator for the studio. He is repped by WME.
Johnston wrote the Ed Helms comedy Cedar Rapids; worked on Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph, which comes out this fall; and co-wrote Nebraska, which isAlexander Payne’s latest endeavor. He is repped by CAA.