Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher making a move in E-City

Kevin Costner
Originally uploaded by ghz.
Years ago, I wrote a screenplay titled "Storm Warriors." I never sold it. It was sort of a "Top Gun" meets the Coast Guard flick, a young, hot-shot coxswain learning that to succeed he needed his crew.

Not my script, but another Coast Guard flick, is in production at Disney, and Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher are starring in it. The movie is "The Guardian" and features Costner as a seasoned rescue swimmer who takes hot-shot Kutcher under his wings. Costner's character is a troubled soul; he is the sole survivor from helicopter crash. Kutcher's character is a loner who doesn't understand it takes sacrifice to succeed.

The local paper here has reported Kutcher and Costner sightings in Elizabeth City:
Since Monday afternoon, residents have reported seeing movie stars Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher all over town.

Kutcher visited Thumpers Bar and Grill with a producer Monday night.

“Yeah, they were here last night,” said Linda Coy, Thumpers’ manager.

“My girls said something about them coming back and shooting some of their scenes here.”

By Tuesday morning, the news had spread.

While Costner was eating his breakfast at the Circle Restaurant II, Greg Alexopoulos, the owner, was answering a phone call from a friend telling him about Kutcher’s visit to Thumpers.

“I said, 'Really? We’ve got a guy in here who looks like Kevin Costner,’” he said.
I can hardly wait to see what the town does when the whole crew gets in.

There's some talk on the web and in the blogosphere. Try this on for size:
Ashton Kutcher is joining Kevin Costner in a Coast Guard drama called "The Guardian." In the film Kutch is a rebellious young man whose life is a disaster so, like Bill Murray in "Stripes," he joins the armed forces. Well, the Coast Guard anyway, which is something like the armed forces (I can't wait for the email I get about that). There he meets Costner, and they develop a mentor/student but hopefully not Michael Jackson/Bubbles relationship. Costner is a world class swimmer who has a dark past involving his whole team dying or something. Costner will teach the Kutch hard lessons about sacrifice and drinking your own urine.
Huh? The Coast Guard is something like the armed forces? Er, the last time I checked, we were one of the five Armed Forces of the United States. Perhaps we ought to enlist this guy.

Another site -- which I've lost the link to -- wondered who the leading women would be... and they predict a box office bomb.

Boy, I certainly hope not.

Anyway, back to the movie. Andrew Davis directs. He also directed "Holes" and "Collateral Damage."

I guess it's not my script, but I wonder if I ought to dust off "Warriors" and see if it might sell. You know, rip off a successful movie -- not like that's never been done before, right.

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