How to remake a 2005 hit Mr and Mrs Smith?Romantic comedy spy action film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Assassins disguised as married couples are a pop culture phenomenon. Total revenue exceeds $186 million Romance film with co-stars at the box office Tabloid stage.
Now, the film is being reimagined as an eight-episode streaming series starring and produced by Donald Glover. In this version, airing on Prime Video on February 2, Glover plays John Smith and Maya Erskine plays Jane Smith.
“People didn’t know what the show was going to be,” Glover said in a statement. Prime Video promotion of the show“They had an idea because Mr and Mrs Smith Although it’s the same movie, the tone is very different. “
Erskine jokes there are a lot of similarities.
“I think it’s like Mr and Mrs Smith We are like Angelina and Brad in the movie. But if there was a difference, it was that we went on missions together but had to act like a married couple. So it’s a real relationship, set in the spy genre,” Erskine explains in the film.
In the Glover-Erskine series, “Two lonely strangers find employment with a mysterious spy agency, which provides them with a glittering high-society life of espionage, fortune, travel around the world, and Manhattan dreams.” What’s the catch? New identities in arranged marriages “Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith,” the series’ Prime Video description reads, “Now, John and Jane Smith are married, performing a weekly High-stakes missions, while also facing new relationship milestones. Their complicated cover story just got more complicated. “The situation becomes complicated when they discover their true feelings for each other. Which is riskier, espionage or marriage?”
This movie goes in a slightly different direction. In the 2005 film, Pitt and Jolie played two hit men who met by chance at work and soon married. They became John and Jane Smith, “a couple whose marriage had stalled, [living] A seemingly ordinary existence,” According to the movie description“However, each is hiding a secret from the other: they are assassins working for rival agencies. When they are both assigned to kill the same target, Benjamin Danz (Adam Brody), the truth comes to light .Finally freed from their clutches.” After a cover-up story, they find themselves assigned to kill each other, triggering a series of explosive attacks. “
Just like in the movie, Glover’s John and Erskine’s Jane are mysterious, suspicious, and hiding things from each other, but as their love grows, so does their honesty and vulnerability.
do we need a new one Mr. and Mrs. Smith?
In the preparation stage of the series, There are critics Who wonders if Hollywood needs to revisit old stories to rejuvenate them.
series Showrunner Francesca Sloane tackled the issue head-on. In an open letter on January 5, she said that when Glover, who co-created the show, first proposed the idea to her, she thought he was “joking.”The two had previously collaborated on foreign exchange Atlanta.
“Based on the creative work Donald and I have done in the past, it felt strange for us to write a series based on a romantic comedy action spy thriller. But in his Donald way, Donald expressed the excitement of taking on this project. It’s a huge shift,” she wrote in the letter.
Responding to criticism of “Who needs this show?” she said, “No one needs a show that retells the same blockbuster. But what we’re going to do is make something completely original. This show is about a Relational, it’s “about being clumsy human beings. It’s about making people relatable. “
Critics say that’s exactly what they did. rolling stones He raved about the show, writing: “Glover, Sloan, Erskine, et al. have crafted a brilliant reality show. It cleverly inverts the premise of the movie. It blends the best of retro and modern television elements, deftly balancing the absurdity.” “The core idea and its danger. If Glover and Erskine’s chemistry weren’t so intense that you thought they must have gotten together in real life, they would Competing against each other the whole time. It was a lot of fun.”
pack is called Mr and Mrs Smith “The first must-see show of 2024,” says “Re-adapting a big-budget movie into a TV series is always a challenge. But big risks often lead to big rewards. What Glover and company have done here ‘s more than just told good stories. They flipped the genre script. Again.”
So what does Brad Pitt think?
At the premiere of the play in New York, Glover told Extra He contacted Pitt to find out how his series would differ from the movie, saying he wanted to put his own spin on the “sexy parts.”
“I was like, ‘Is there a catch or something?’ and he said, ‘No, I’m sure you’ll do a great job. Just follow the idea. It’s really just a matter of relationship,'” Glover said “So I guess I just wanted to focus on the relationship part of it…I think we really locked into that idea of, like, okay, like, what’s sexy in the long run, you know ,That’s cool.”
Play all eight episodes Mr. and Mrs. Smith on Prime Video.