Sacha Baron Cohen is writing a James Bond-style comedy about a spy who goes on the run with his loser brother.
The Dictator actor and Phil Johnston have sold an as-yet untitled project to Paramount which follows a character similar to the iconic British spy, who is forced to go on the run with his moronic long-lost brother, a football hooligan.
Variety reports that the comic actor is expected to portray the loser brother.
Though the spy will bear a resemblance to James Bond – who is currently played on the big screen by Daniel Craig – it won’t actually be the famous character as the rights belong to Eon Productions and Danjaq.
Baron Cohen – who has a first-look deal with Paramount – and Johnston will now work on the script, with the film selling for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the high six figure or low seven figure range.
The film is the first project to be picked up by Paramount since the deal was signed earlier this year.
Baron Cohen’s last film, The Dictator, grossed more than $160 million worldwide.