Deals: Catherine Zeta-Jones vs. Harrison Ford

94523__zj_lCatherine Zeta Jones. How come I can’t even think that name without hearing it in Sean Connery’s heaviest Scottish accent? (It can’t just be me, right?) Anyhow, the Oscar-winning, T Mobile pitchwoman has inked a deal to star in an American remake of Germany’s 2002 romantic dramedy Mostly Martha, about a renowned chef whose life is thrown into turmoil when she’s forced to take care of her young niece.

Harrison Ford, meanwhile, will star in the historical drama Manhunt as Col. Everton Conger, the man responsible for tracking Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. The flick will be based on Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, by James L. Swanson, due out in February.

So here’s the question: Which movie sounds like a better bet to you? I’m voting for Manhunt, since the busy-woman-transformed-by-a-moppet’s-love thing has already been played out via Raising Helen, Uptown Girls, etc.

What do you think?

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  • Ep Sato

    The Fugitive 3, I mean Man Hunt, gets my vote. Zeta Jones’s new movie sounds okay, but Han Solo makes hits pretty much every movie he makes (we can forgive him for Sabrina because he was the Blade Runner). Besides, if we are talking Lincoln’s assasination, the search for the killer involved a Dr. with the name of Mudd.
    Mudd. As in, my name is Mudd! There’s got to be something cool they could do with that…

  • Joyce

    Why does hollywood insist on remaking foreign hits?! Mostly Martha was lovely as it was…leave well enough alone!!!!! Plus, CZJ can’t pull off everyday regular chef. She’s too glamarous for the role…unless they go upscale.

  • Heidi

    I certainly can’t vote for Catherine. I agree with Joyce on this one. Didn’t Diane Keaton also do this same thing in the 80’s with Baby Boom? How many more movies do we need with a subtext that reminds women their *real* fulfillment isn’t in their careers but raising children? More recycled dreck. Leave the original alone!

  • Laura

    I agree, Mostly Martha was a really lovely, quiet little film and should really be left alone. Hollywood is just going to ham and cheese it up (pun intended). And this movie only came out 3 years ago! Come on!
    The Harrison Ford movie is definitely going to be better. That’s actually a really interesting episode in history, and it is rarely focused on. I think it’s time, and Harrison should do it justice.

  • Esther Kustanowitz

    Michael, it’s not just you. I also think of the words “Catherine Zeta Jones” as rendered by Connery, or, more accurately, as rendered by Darrell Hammond rendering Connery. But I feel the same way about the words “anal bum cover” (“that’s ‘an album cover…'”) and “the rapists” (‘therapists’).
    Perhaps I need to be not quite so involved with SNL reruns.

  • cj

    To paraphrase, I’ve met Mostly Martha; Mostly Martha is a favorite of mine. CZJ, you are no Mostly Martha.

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