Ron Howard is working on the 'Spy vs. Spy' movie. Let's pitch him some ideas!

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Spy vs. Spy was created by a Cuban exile in the middle of the Cold War, but the appeal of the iconic MAD magazine strip is universal. Two enemies — one dressed all in black, the other all in white — eternally fight each other, using bombs and booby traps. It doesn’t initially seem like film material… but by George, this is Hollywood, and anything is possible! Thus: EW has confirmed that Warner Bros. is currently developing a film adaptation of Spy vs. Spy, to be produced by David Koepp, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, with Howard also set to direct. The film has not been officially greenlit, although with those names behind the project, Spy vs. Spy is probably just waiting on a finished script.

Here’s the thing: the “story” of Spy vs. Spy is so basic that the film could literally be about anything. It could be a lighthearted comedy, or a darkhearted comedy, or a gritty look at the Cold War, or a movie about aliens for some reason, or even a documentary about the life of Kim Philby. Screenwriter John Kamps (Zathura, Ghost Town) is currently on the project, but to help him along, let’s hear some solid elevator pitches for Spy vs. Spy. Here’s a few to get you started from your pals at EW:

Spy vs. Spy Origins: Brothers’ ReaperA prequel which reveals that the two Spies are actually brothers. The film builds to the tragic event that turned them into eternal enemies, which involves the Cuban Missile Crisis for some reason.

The Spies Who Came In From The Cold — A world-weary Russian triple agent and an equally world-weary American quintuple agent chase each other back and forth across the Iron Curtain, circa 1956.

Spy vs. Spy vs. Zombies — Two mortal enemies have to join forces against the undead for some reason.

From Keith Staskiewicz: Spy vs. Spy Harold and Marilyn Spy have been married for five years, but one day they realize they just can’t live with each other anymore. The ensuing custody battle takes a major toll on both of them, as well as their six-year-old son.

From Jeff Labrecque: Spy vs. Spies Like Us – Two over-the-hill Saturday Night Live comedians are sent to Beijing to star in a third-rate stage production of The Three Amigos. But when the American ambassador’s wife, played by Donna Dixon, falls for one of the actors and her husband goes missing, the two comics fall way over their head into the world of espionage.

From Kate Ward: Spy vs. I Spy An international assassin gets a headache looking at his children’s puzzle books.

Those are our pitches, PopWatchers, now tell us yours! Remember: Franchise potential is a must.

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  • vin

    I like Jeff’s odea the best!

  • stan

    Jim Parsons as BOTH the Black and White Spies!!! Double Bazinga.

    • vin

      I was hoping A jIM Parsons and Ryan Gosling pairing.

  • outside agitator

    dump Spy vs Spy and gofer Berg’s Eye View or Al Jaffee’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions. get Bay or Bruckheimer to produce, add some robots, knock one of Ed Helms’ teeth out and talk package with him to play Alfred E. Neuman. give him points off the back end and he’ll do it. hire Heather Graham for a quick nudie shot to bring the much needed teen coin and you’ve got a summer 2012 blockbuster.

  • John C

    Something less like The Dilemma and Angels & Demons and something more like Frost/Nixon hopefully.

    • Grizzly

      One or two to rmeeembr, that is.

  • Paul Ehre

    Who cares. Whole thing sounds awful. Cast Steve
    Martin and Will Ferrel so you can film
    sequel at the same time.

  • MCS

    RON HOWARD! PICK ONE PROJECT TO WORK ON, AND FINISH IT FOR ONCE! Rather than having 10 projects on his plate and none ever seeing the light of day.

  • JPX

    No one under the age of 50 wants to see this.

  • Lars Johnson

    Mix-up and new idea
    My idea for movie:
    They figure out there are brothers and they plan a big trip to Canada. When they get there, an assassin plans to kill White Spy. When White spy goes to get himself some punch, he is gone awhile. Black Spy notice’s this and try and find him.He finds him and he’s running for his life they hop into they’re blue mini-van and drive a various speed. The assassin is hot on they’re trail!!!!
    Bottom Line: Spy Vs. Spy Fast and the furious

  • mage?!

    I love Spy vs. Spy, Ron Howard is an awesome director and this sounds like great idea! Please make it right.

  • T

    The movie can be based on the famous MAD strip, white spy vs. black Spy with the occasional sexy lady spy – set in the swingin’ 60s, a lighthearted comedy.

    • anonymous

      Swingin’ 60’s. Didn’t Austin Power do that !

  • Tony

    I have a better idea: Make Spy Vs. Spy cartoon shorts and run them before movies. It would be preferable than the endless parade of ads we have to endure as we wait for the main feature.

  • ken

    They are going to RUIN a classic!!!!

  • gferg31091

    “JUN 23
    2011
    05:57 PM ET”

    Not everybody lives on the east coast you east coast biased r-tards! I hope your time zone sinks into the bottom of the ocean where it belongs and become the Atlantis time zone where you people belong!

  • bia

    I think it should be an animated film, because if it is live action, may end up not working out, because their design is very surreal, not only by the appearance of spies but the exploits of ​​them are very surreal and very difficult to do in a live-action film, and most movies of humor comic or cartoon just not working good but of course also have to have a good story and the writer has to know enough (or all) about the comic spy vs. spy, not to flee the central theme and not end up ”spoiling”aclassic comics

    • bia

      I think it should be an animated film, because if it is live action, may end up not working out, because their design is very surreal, not only by the appearance of spies but the exploits of ​​them are very surreal and very difficult to do in a live-action film, and most movies of humor comic or cartoon just not working good,but of course also have to have a good story and the writer has to know enough (or all) about the spy vs. spy comic,and not to flee the central theme and not end up ”spoiling”a classic comics

  • La Rue Alegria

    Two spys they are both twin sisters working on the oppisite sides due to the one sister haveing a tie with Russian Mafia that are trying to steal the crown jewles from the Hermitage Winter Palace in Saint Petersberg. The reason this sister in involved is due to the money that will be used from the jewels for more arms against other nations. It’s all a power play. Watching sister fight against sister compelling isint’ the word for this.

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