Jennifer Lopez Making 'Carmen Sandiego' Movie

November 3, 2011

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Recently separated from husband Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez has gained some newfound perspective in her life. After doing a lot of soul searching, considering where things went wrong and where this newly-independent J.Lo needs to go next, Lopez at last has reached the logical conclusion that, to truly movie on, she needs to produce a live-action adaptation of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? with Christian production company Walden Media. Free from the oppressive iron fist of the singer of I Need To Know, the American Idol judge will also likely star in the film, playing the title character and lending her the heritage that everyone is just now realizing only makes sense with a name like Carmen Sandiego.

While the original Brøderbund Software video game and ensuing television shows painted Carmen Sandiego a fairly one-dimensional character, defined pretty much entirely by wearing red, the plan is to now give Sandiego a seemingly redemptive arc that will allow us to empathize with the former fly girl in a way more similar to how we lovingly follow where Today sends Matt Lauer. According to the Walden film's synopsis:

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?

In 1997, back when the Carmen Sandiego series was popular, Disney previously attempted to develop a feature film starring Sandra Bullock as the eponymous character; that never went anywhere, and instead 1997 brought us Speed 2: Cruise Control. The hope now is to turn the film into "National Treasure meets The Thomas Crown Affair," which provides some idea of the tone but fails to address what we're all obviously wondering right now: will Rockapella be hitting it?

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