‘Get Smart’ begins filming in LA

by W. Andrew Powell

Get out your shoe phones – Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have started production on the comedy Get Smart, the big screen adaptation of the classic TV series of the same name. Yes, it could be one of the most important films ever made. Not buying it? Would you be the believe the most important film being made this month? Still no? How about the most important comedy announcement we heard about this week?

The adaptation stars Steve Carell, of 40-Year-Old Virgin fame, as the bumbling, but motivated Maxwell Smart and co-stars Anne Hathaway as the smart, and beautiful Agent 99. Currently filming in Los Angeles before moving on to Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Get Smart is being directed by Peter Segal, who made a name for himself directing Naked Gun 33 1/3 and Tommy Boy. The film is set to hit theatres in June 2008.

Also appearing in the film adaptation are: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Agent 23, Terence Stamp as KAOS agent Siegfried, Alan Arkin as Chief of CONTROL, Ken Davitian as Shtarker, Masi Oka as Bruce, Nate Torrence as Lloyd, David Koechner as Agent Larabee, and Terry Crews as Agent 91.

First appearing on television in 1965, the original series starred Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, and was created by funny man Mel Brooks and screenwriter Buck Henry. The show ran for a total of five seasons on NBC and won a total of seven Emmy Awards.

So far no story details have been released, but if it’s anything like the TV show the Get Smart movie will have Smart (also known as Agent 86), and Agent 99 working for the organization known as KONTROL and facing off against the evil group known as KAOS. Don’t tell me I have to wait a year for the movie to come out… I asked you not to tell me that!

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