First there was Ali G, then Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, but now it seems Sacha Baron Cohen is turning his attentions to James Bond and the spy genre for his next film project.
Baron Cohen, along with Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston, has had a James Bond-style spy spoof script picked up by Paramount Pictures, according to Variety.
The untitled project will feature a spy who “is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan,” report studio sources.
At this stage it is not clear whether Baron Cohen will play an on-screen role in the film, but with his history of versatile comedy performances on the silver screen, and the fact that he’s starred in every film he’s written in the past decade, it seems likely that he will feature heavily.
The actor, who made his name as spoof ‘yoof’ TV presenter Ali G on Channel 4’s The 11 O’Clock Show in the late 1990s is believed to have signed a first look deal on the script with Paramount – the company with which he made controversial box office success The Dictator earlier this year.
If the film goes to full production it will be the most recent in a long line of Bond-esque parodies which include Carry On Spying, Casino Royale, Come Spy With Me, Spy Hard, Austin Powers and Johnny English to name but a few.