Emma Stone To Star In Cameron Crowe's Next Film, A Reworked Version Of 'Deep Tiki'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
July 30, 2012 8:41 PM
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Well, talk about a match made in heaven. On one hand, you've got Cameron Crowe, the man behind sweet-natured, smart romances like "Say Anything," "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," films of their kind as good as any that Hollywood has produced in the last few decades (take a peek at our recent retrospective on the filmmaker). After taking a serious bruising after the critically reviled "Elizabethtown," Crowe bounced back with three films last year, most notably the charming, somewhat undervalued "We Bought A Zoo," which proved to be a modest hit over the Christmas period ($120 million worldwide, which isn't too shabby for a film that had some tough competition).

And on the other, you have Emma Stone, perhaps the most naturally gifted young comic actress of her generation, who's delighted audiences in the last couple of years with "Easy A," "The Help" and most recently "The Amazing Spider-Man," wherein she and real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield were the undoubted highlights of a somewhat patchy film. Crowe and Stone have seemed destined to work together, and fortunately, Sony agrees, as Deadline reports that the studio has acquired Crowe's latest script, and set Stone to star in the project, with bigwig Scott Rudin ("The Social Network") producing.

Deadline has minimal details on the script, which they say is a two-hander with a yet-to-be cast male lead, and a tone closer to "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire." Crowe's had a number of projects in the works of late, including meth addiction adaptation "Beautiful Boy," and an untitled project he described to us as being close to Preston Sturges. But according to one Variety reporter on Twitter, the project is actually a revived and rejuvenated version of "Deep Tiki," a movie that Crowe was to have directed in 2008, and then 2009 when it got delayed, and which was to have starred Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller.

We wrote a script review back in the day, but in brief, the plot involved a military contractor (Stiller's part), presumed dead after an incident in Afghanistan. In fact, he survived, but he rejects his former life, with only his best friend, Jeremy, a supercomputer, for company. He's assigned to a top-secret military satellite launch in Hawaii, and sets out with an uptight military liaison (the part Witherspoon would have played) to get a blessing from local spiritual leaders who believe a prophecy involving gods Lomo and Pele is about to come to pass.

You can read more about the script here, but suffice to say it's something a little different from Crowe's usual fare, while still maintaining much of what makes his scripts special in the first place. Presumably, Stone is attached to play the part Witherspoon had back in the day, which suggests that 1) part of Crowe's rewrite, which has apparently been well received at Sony (where the project was set up in the first place), has involved making the characters younger, and that 2) this could be something a little different from Stone, seeing as the character was initially an anal-retentive type. Stone's more than capable of playing that, though, and we're dying to see what she and Crowe come up with together. Interestingly, when we talked to the director before Christmas, he said the film was on the "backburner," but presumably he's had some inspiration over the last six months or so.

There's no word on who the male star might be as yet, but we suspect it'll be someone from the younger generation. Our first thought was Garfield again, only because the two shared such great chemistry in "The Amazing Spider-Man," but they may not want to work together, given that they'd move on to that film's sequel midway through next year. So who would you pick for a part like this? Channing Tatum? Seth Rogen? James Franco? Someone relatively untested like Jake Johnson? Feel free to let us know in the comments section. Filming is set to get underway in the spring, so Crowe and company have a little time to find a co-star, but frankly, Stone could be acting opposite a mannequin and we'd still probably pay to see this in theaters. Assuming all sticks to schedule, it sounds like this'll be in theaters sometime in 2014.

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15 Comments

  • Kat | August 6, 2012 1:44 AMReply

    Fuck you haters who don't like Emma Stone cause she is a great actress who can do so much more than you can and she is very talented!!!

  • 1D4Me | July 31, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    Love Emma Stone! This sounds like an awesome role for her. I don't think many people would consider actor Tony Oller because he's not super well known but I think they would look great together. He's a good actor & he's got an album coming out too. I <3 cute boys who sing!

  • Lucy | July 31, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    Great news! Emma is charming, she was great in Spiderman. I have to say when I first saw Eliabethtown (I was in high school when it came out) I didn't really care for it however when I rewatched it again a few years later I loved it.

  • zoe | July 31, 2012 8:22 AMReply

    I like Emma Stone but, yeah, this article is a little over the top with the praise!(Lol). Perhaps Indiewire is on Emma Stone's payroll.

  • jt | July 31, 2012 11:36 AM

    Zoe, I agree. Emma Stone is very overrrated. She gives the same over-the-top performances in all her movies. I believe all her performances are forced. To be fair, I did like her performance in " Easy A," only because the role matches Emma's persona. She has no range. Remember, she was out-acted by every cast member in " The Help."

  • Pio | July 31, 2012 4:26 AMReply

    I don't get all the hoopla around Emma Stone which is on display here. I pretty much disliked all of her recent roles, which you seem to praise so much. To me, her performances are universally bland, one-note, wildly unfunny and visibly forced,

  • pruedish | July 31, 2012 1:29 AMReply

    JGL. They should have a movie together, Emma and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  • oogle monster | July 30, 2012 9:02 PMReply

    Here's a question for The Playlisters: Who would you rather- Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, or Amy Adams? Annnnnnnnnd go!

  • oogle monster | July 30, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    This is great news considering how Stone has mentioned several times in interviews that her Crowe is one of her greatest idols. I believe she name drops him in her recent Vogue interview. Good for her! Is it weird that I would like to see Christian Bale in a Crowe film?

  • Oliver Lyttelton | July 31, 2012 6:22 PM

    Yeah! Christian Bale's taste is impeccable! He'd never make, say, a Terminator sequel directed by McG.

  • sp | July 31, 2012 5:56 PM

    Oogle Monster, Christian Bale has great taste. He will never do a Cameron Crowe movie.

  • dryer | July 30, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    Wow didn't know he was adapting Beautiful Boy. Can't wait for that adaption, though I'd prefer to see him tackle the sons novel Tweak

  • ALEX | July 30, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    JAKE. JOHNSON. he would be absolutely perfect.

  • bunty | July 30, 2012 9:05 PM

    ... if the role requires the male lead to shout every single one of his lines.

  • w64s34fe | July 30, 2012 8:53 PMReply

    "films as good of their kind as any Hollywood has produced in the last few decades"? wow. copy as good as that kind you don't find often.

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