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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:20 am

Well look at this bit of news:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nicolas-cage-action-comics-no-1-movie-jason-statham-297787?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Nicolas Cage Comic-Book Heist to Become Movie at Lionsgate (Exclusive)

5:58 PM PST 3/8/2012 by Borys Kit

The studio has picked up "Action No. 1," a comedy from writers and "Reno 911!" creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon about the 2000 theft of Cage's prized Superman comic book.

The story of how Nicolas Cage lost his rare comic book featuring the first appearance of Superman may finally be told. At least Hollywood’s version of it.

Lionsgate has picked up Action No. 1, a heist comedy from writers and Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The duo also is producing along with Peter Principato and Paul Young.

The story revolves around a group of nerds who attempt to steal Cage's copy of Action Comics No. 1, the landmark 1938 comic that introduced the world to the Man of Steel.

PHOTOS: Comic-Book Characters In Dispute

The theft of Cage’s comic made real-world headlines in 2000. The issue was missing until 2011, when it was discovered among the contents of an abandoned storage locker. It sold for a record $2.1 million at auction in November. To comic-book fans, the story of the book’s theft and its ultimate recovery is as thrilling as any tale of a stolen Monet or Degat.

The part of Cage was written with the real Cage in mind, but at this stage, it's unlikely that Cage will play himself. Jason Statham's name has surfaced in connection with the project, but sources say he is not involved. (It was not known who Statham would play; the actor already played the leader of a heist in The Bank Job but has yet to tackle the role of a comics fanboy.)

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at Comic Con India 2012

Nerds breaking into fortresses or stealing prized objects is not a new subgenre. Fanboys, the 2009 road comedy directed by Kyle Newman, featured a trio ofStar Wars superfans attempting to sneak into George Lucas’ ranch to see The Phantom Menace. Comic-Con, a spec script by Matthew Sullivan and Michael Diliberti that generated some buzz a few years ago, was about geeks executing a heist during the annual Comic-Con convention to save their favorite comic-book shop.

Cage, Statham, Lennon and Garant are repped by CAA. Lennon and Garant, whose feature credits include Night at the Museum andBalls of Fury, are additionally repped by Principato Young and Jackoway Tyerman.

E-mail: Borys.Kit@thr.com; Twitter: @Borys_Kit

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Re: Action No. 1 heist film

Post  non_amos on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:22 am

I saw that same report at SHH last night. Interesting though that they want to fictionalize it by having a 'gang of nerds' pull off the heist. Let's just hope the film doesn't show said nerds in their parents' basement also. Man, talk about stereotypes! Rolling Eyes

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Re: Action No. 1 heist film

Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:25 pm

non_amos wrote:I saw that same report at SHH last night. Interesting though that they want to fictionalize it by having a 'gang of nerds' pull off the heist. Let's just hope the film doesn't show said nerds in their parents' basement also. Man, talk about stereotypes! Rolling Eyes

Expect the following:

1. A fat, awkward nerd.

2. A skinny nerd with glasses full of funny "quips".

3. A female nerd with dyed hair and a "tough girl" attitude.

4. The "regular guy", pulled along for the heist for either $$ or some other bribe.

Search your feelings, you know this to be true.

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Re: Action No. 1 heist film

Post  webhead2006 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:09 pm

My question would be since lionsgate is doing the film. Would they be able to actually show the action comics issue in the film. Or due to legal stuff have to alter it as a fake comic/character?

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Re: Action No. 1 heist film

Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:57 pm

Apologist Puncher wrote:Expect the following:

1. A fat, awkward nerd.

2. A skinny nerd with glasses full of funny "quips".

3. A female nerd with dyed hair and a "tough girl" attitude.

4. The "regular guy", pulled along for the heist for either $$ or some other bribe.

Search your feelings, you know this to be true.
Probably. Heh, they should just hire the cast from Fanboys and call it a sequel.

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