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Spielberg keen on ‘Matt Helm’ movie

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 30, 2009

Dean Martin as Matt Helm

Dean Martin as Matt Helm

By Simon Reynolds – DigitalSpy.com

Steven Spielberg is eager to direct a movie based on Donald Hamilton’s spy creation Matt Helm, says Variety.

The director, who is attached to produce the Paramount project with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is reportedly impressed with Paul Attanasio’s latest script for the spy thriller, which reinvents the Cold War agent as a contemporary hero in the mould of Jason Bourne.GoreMaster Makeup Effects Manual

Spielberg’s complicated relationship with the studio may prove a stumbling block in his bid to direct Matt Helm. The filmmaker and his DreamWorks company parted ways with Paramount last year, with Spielberg retaining an option to co-finance and co-distribute several of the projects he was working on before the split.

The Helm movie is completely owned by Paramount and the studio is thought to be concerned that Spielberg’s directing fee will be too high for an untested action franchise.

The Helm character appeared in 27 novels and was portrayed by Dean Martin in a series of ’60s spy films. He was revived for a short-lived TV show in 1975.

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