While it is very early in development, a comedy based on Dennis Rodman’s exploits in North Korea is reportedly in the works.
According to Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox recently bought the rights to Diplomats—a comedy pitch inspired by Rodman’s “hoops diplomacy” trips to the People’s Republic and his relationship with North Korean “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un.
If you’ve been stuck under a boulder for the last year or so, the former NBA forward has developed quite the affinity for Jong-un and the people of North Korea. He last visited the small, isolationist nation in January to play an exhibition basketball game and sing “Happy Birthday” to the leader.
Rodman's stay also included a wild, on-air rant with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
As for this alleged upcoming film, Siegel and Kit claim that Ride Along director Tim Story will be working on the project alongside Peter Chernin, producer of 2013 buddy-cop film The Heat. Jonathan Abrams will reportedly be writing the script.
Fortunately for Abrams, the story has already written itself. A broke American ballplayer heads to a Stalin-istic hermit nation to promote “diplomacy” and popular culture. He and the supreme leader have a few too many cognacs, go on a wild romp across Pyongyang and wake up hung over atop a missile truck in Kim Il-sung Square.
That much is simple. As for how Abrams and Co. might handle the prison camps and of myriad other atrocities against humanity the North Korean regime has committed against its people over the past 60 years, I have no advice.
Working that into a comedy might be a tad difficult.
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