Coming Attractions?

Producers are the idea mongers of Hollywood. Operating behind the scenes, they pitch the concepts to studios, assemble the talent and hammer out the contracts. But in their quest for the sure thing, they often come up with strange ideas and fractured formulas. A look at some of the odder concepts working their way toward the screen:

An American James Bond (studio: Paramount; producers: Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer) Who could be better at overdoing a cinematic tradition than the producers of Beverly Hills Cop I and II ? This pricey vehicle may have trouble getting to the screen for under...

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