Martin And Baldwin Might Team For Shankman Comedy

Posted on 05 October 2011 by Rich Drees

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin may be heading to the big screen to star in a comedy from director Adam Shankman.

Deadline is reporting that New Line Cinema is looking to purchase a pitch being described as “Trading Places meets Grumpy Old Men.” The idea came to Shankman just a few weeks ago while watching Baldwin host the season premier of Saturday Night Live. Martin crashed Baldwin’s opening monologue to give Baldwin some good-natured grief for breaking his (Martin’s) record for most times hosting the show.

The project is in such early days it doesn’t even have a writer assigned to it yet.

This isn’t the first time that the two have comedically sparred. They were the co-hosts for the 2010 Academy Awards broadcast, which Shankman directed, and they fought for the affections of Meryl Streep in the comedy It’s Complicated.

I have to say that it has been fun watching Baldwin change his career trajectory from that of being a dramatic actor in films like Glengary Glenn Ross to consistently generating laughs on SNL and 30 Rock. The two were a lot of fun on the Oscars and on the SNL season opener. Here’s hoping they hit it out of the park with this.

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