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Jennifer Lopez To Produce a Carmen Sandiego Movie

Okay, before we begin to instantly worry about the very mention of Jennifer Lopez being involved with something as beloved as Carmen Sandiego, let’s hear her out. Walden Media has acquired the rights to Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and has teamed up with Lopez to develop a live-action, full-length feature film about the globe-trotting thief. Lopez, who is attached to produce (not star), hopes to turn this into a family-friendly caper reminiscent of the National Treasure movies and The Thomas Crown Affair. Wait, what? That … might be pretty awesome, actually!

From Deadline, here is the logline:

When the ACME agency’s greatest detective Carmen Sandiego becomes the world’s greatest thief, it’s up to her former partner to follow her clues and track her down. Their cat-and-mouse game leads the partner to confront a greater mystery: Is Carmen really a thief or a hero?

Well, we’re already on board with a Carmen Sandiego movie, especially if the thoughts in Hollywood’s head were “Classy Action Caper” and not “Pandering Family Movie.” And while Lopez’s involvement might seem questionable, maybe she’d be a great producer for something like this. She, along with her producing partners Benny Medina and Simon Fields (Nuyorican Productions), plus Nick Osbourne, Trevor Engelson, and Devin Andre (Underground Films), are all behind the project after being acquired from Houghton Mifflin. And here is a slight catch, courtesy of Walden Media (which no one involved seems to be worried about): the movie adaptation will have to somehow provide an educational challenge for kids.

Walden Media, which has produced several other family films based on books we all read as kids (including The Chronicles of Narnia series, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, and Holes), has a mandate that the films they produce have to include an educational quality for kids, besides being merely appropriate. Carmen Sandiego, which began as a computer game and spawned both a live-action series and a cartoon, was geared towards teaching kids geography and problem solving skills. As of right now, there aren’t a lot of details on how this will be adapted into an action movie, but we think it sounds like fun. If there was ever a kid-friendly world traveller deserving of an educational big screen moment, it’s Carmen Sandiego.

Jennifer Lopez is not signed on to play her. But who could? Let the speculation begin!

(Deadline via /Film)


  • Anonymous

    Um… that’s a pretty sweet logline! Don’t you mess this up, J-Lo! I was *this* close to being Carmen for Halloween. She is very near and dear to my 90s kid heart

  • Shae

    Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was the first computer game I played. I just hope Hollywood doesn’t make an awful movie.

  • Life Lessons

    Hooray and I love this idea!

  • ainok

    If they can do it while keeping CS cool and classy and not in any way slutty, I’ll be there.

    If greasy catsuits and flipping around lasers and strangling men with her thighs or whatever is in any way involved, count me out. It’ll be like the Aeon Flux movie all over again.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    You may have noticed my username when I comment on Mary Sue stories.  I go as Carmen Sandiego every year to DragonCon and often dress up as her for Halloween.  I watched the game show when I was little, played the math, geography and time-based computer games in school and outside of it.  I even dressed up like her for the “Restoring Sanity” rally with a sign asking Indiana Jones to parley so that we might find some common political ground. ;)  I’ve been around the nets trying to stir up interest (unneeded, the interest has already been there) so that somebody would do the movie.  This news frakking thrills me!  I was somewhat nervous at the mention of Jennifer Lopez, but I think her producing might actually be a good thing since the character of Carmen was made to be international, they gave her said name to imply a Spanish or Hispanic heritage.  J-Lo might help insure that they don’t “white out” her character as they did on some of the game covers where they changed Carmen’s eye color from brown to blue.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is Hollywood is under the misapprehension that there is only one possible “mode” for sexy, which is the silly exploitative nonsense you see in Fast Five and the like: they seem incapable of realising cool and classy is just as sexy as any amount of skin showing.

    I’m hoping we get an actress of Spanish or Mexican/Latin descent for the role: I can see Roselyn Sanchez or Ana de la Reguera in the role, though Penelope Cruz probably has the star power.  As long as they don’t do something stupid like cast Megan Fox…

  • Maiasaura

    If they do this right, it could be fantastic.  That said, I don’t expect very much from Hollywood these days.  

    My favorite part of the Carmen Sandiego franchise was always the cartoon.  I loved Zack and Ivy.  

  • Nick Gaston

    For Carmen…Denise Poirier? At least for the voice?

    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, even?

  • Kalynn Osburn

    Hmm…who to play the red caped criminal… My money is on Emily Deschanel (Bones) or possibly Pauley Perrette. It depends on if they want her to come off as super genius or playful criminal.

  • Anonymous

    Read a BRILLIANT casting suggestion over at indieWire’s Shadow & Act: Sofia Vergara definitely has the look. But I agree with others who believe she will be white-washed and probably oversexed.

  • Pepijn

    I think Jennifer Lopez could actually play Carmen Sandiego very well. Look at her in, for instance, Out of Sight. That’s more or less how I would imagine Carmen Sandiego.

  • Frodo Baggins

    So I guess they’re not taking the gritty hard-R route?

  • Frodo Baggins

    Why would it be whitewashed? It’s being produced by a hispanic actress, and the character has a hispanic name. It’s not like Last Airbender, where it takes place in a fantasy world, or 21, where barely anyone knew who the real people were.

  • Anonymous

    rockapella better be in the soundtrack!

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I haven’t seen her in “Out of Sight” but in “Enough” which was a somewhat mediocre movie she gave a solid performance.  

  • Anonymous

    Because it’s Hollywood and I have very little faith in them.