Cameron Crowe’s long-gestating romantic comedy Deep Tiki may finally be getting off the shelf as Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has acquired the script with Emma Stone set to star in the film.
The screenplay is said to have been reworked since 2008 but the original plot revolved around a disgraced military contractor who, after being assigned to a top-secret base in Hawaii to supervise the launch of a spy satellite, starts to discover himself and the relationships he left behind against the backdrop of Hawaiian folklore and Cold War-esque diplomacy.
This certainly sounds like a super-strange premise but keep in mind, Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller were originally set to star but scheduling issues eventually resulted in the project being shelved indefinitely. This somewhat explains why Crowe didn’t direct another feature movie between the critically panned Elizabethtown in 2005 and We Bought a Zoo last year.
At this point, there is no word on how different the script is from the original version but the female love interest was initially set to be an uptight military liaison. The tone is said to be reminiscent of past Crowe films like Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire. At any rate, a potential collaboration between a director like Cameron Crowe and a talented comedian like Emma Stone sounds incredibly intriguing.
The plan is to start shooting next spring. The question now is who will take on the role of the male protagonist? Let us know what your take is on the issue!