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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like Kevin James is going to be leading a Netflix original film, and despite the above featured image, it is a not a PAUL BLART: MALL COP movie. The streaming service has announced today that the actor/comedian will be heading the film entitled TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN. 

The film’s synopsis is as follows:

“A mild-mannered would-be author gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story.  The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot.”

TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN is directed by Jeff Wadlow, who is likely best known for directing KICK-ASS 2, and will be hitting Netflix some time in 2016.

While I feel no particular way or another about this film, I’m very interested to see the online interest. Given James’ involvement with this PAUL BLART films, which despite having harsh critics, manage to make a pretty penny, as well as James’ collaborations with the less-than-stellar Happy Madison fare (which recently put out the much-maligned RIDICULOUS SIX on Netflix), I wonder how they will react.

On paper, this premise is definitely on the silly side, though given the right execution, can be a fun watch. Of course, it can also be a travesty. We’ll have to wait and see what Netflix brings forth later this year.

Check out the entire press release below!

“Netflix announces the cast of the upcoming action/comedy original film TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN, directed by Jeff Wadlow (KICK-ASS 2) and starring Kevin James (PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2) .  A mild-mannered would-be author gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story.  The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot. The film will premiere on the streaming service in 2016.

Joining James is Zulay Henao (THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB), Andy Garcia (KILL THE MESSENGER), Maurice Compte (Netflix’s NARCOS), Kelen Coleman (CBS’ THE MCCARTHY’S), Andrew Howard (TAKEN 3), Rob Riggle (22 JUMP STREET), Leonard Earl Howze (TNT’s MEMPHIS BEAT), Yul Vazquez (Lifetime Networks THE LOTTERY) and Kim Coates (FX SONS OF ANARCHY). 

Principal photography began in Atlanta on November 16, 2015 and will wrap in the Dominican Republic on February 12. 

The film is a co-production between Kevin Frakes, Mark Fasano and Ankur Rungta of PalmStar Media, Todd Garner of Broken Road Productions and Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group. The script was written by Jeff Morris and Jeff Wadlow.  Guy Riedel serves as executive producer.  The rest of the filmmaking team includes director of photography Peter Collister (UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING), production designer Toby Corbett (PITCH PERFECT 2), and costume designer Lizz Wolf (THE EXPENDABLES 3).  The film is being edited by Sean Albertson (THE EXPENDABLES 3).”

What are your thoughts on TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.