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Dances with Death

You may be as surprised as I was by the Guardian Unlimited's announcement that Kevin Costner has decided to shed his nice-guy image in a big way. Apparently we're not just talking about a return to his days as the somewhat likable escaped convict/child kidnapper in "A Perfect World," either. Costner is slated to star as nothing less than a serial killer in the upcoming "Mr. Brooks."

Just how unnerving his performance will be remains open to speculation, of course, but there's hope for the movie in genral--not because it will be the only movie Bruce A. Evans has directed other than the 1992 Christian Slater vehicle "Kuffs," but because it will also be written by Evans and long-time collaborator Raynold Gideon, both of whose screenwriting credits, though not copious, include "Stand by Me" and "Starman." Sometimes quality is more important than quantity. Of course, Evans and Gideon were also part of the writing team behind "Jungle 2 Jungle," which starred Tim Allen, so be sure to factor that into your judgment call.

Perhaps more terrifying than the serial killer project, however, is the harrowing scoop the Guardian saves for the very end of its news item: Costner is also rumored to be circling the role of J.R. Ewing in "Dallas," the movie. Hey, he's probably just doing his part to stave off a dreck shortage in Hollywood. Cut him some slack.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on October 27, 2005 8:29 PM
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