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'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller Lining Up Magician Thriller 'Carter Beats The Devil'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 11:45 AM
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are starting to look like something like miracle workers. Until a few years ago, the duo were known, if they were known at all, for their work on short-lived MTV animation "Clone High," but made their directing debut three years back with 3D CGI animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs." It wasn't anticipated by many -- a picture-book adaptation about food raining from the skies? Yeah, right -- but those who did see it were delighted by a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart, and it landed the duo firmly on the map. And then earlier this year, they repeated the trick, taking another piece of unpromising material, in a reboot of 80s TV series "21 Jump Street," and turning it into, yes, a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart. We've seen them do wonders with premises that don't look like much, so the question is -- what will they do when they have a great piece of material to work with?

Warner Bros Moving Forward With 'Carter Beats The Devil,' Wants Johnny Depp To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 3:03 AM
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Plus 5 Directors Who Could End Up With The GigGlen David Gold's 2002 novel "Carter Beats The Devil" is something close to a masterpiece: following a famous stage magician, Charles Carter, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy after the death of President Warren G. Harding, it's a hugely exciting, terrifically-plotted, beautifully-written book, full of thrills and tragic romance, and as such, people have been unsurprisingly been trying to bring it to the screens

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