Netflix is always increasing its production of original content, and with the streaming service spending $5 billion on programming this year, lucky viewers are guaranteed some new and exciting options.
The latest in the conveyer belt of originals comes in the form of True Memoirs of an International Assassin, featuring comedian Kevin James. The plot centers around a misunderstanding, where James's character becomes mistaken for a hitman.
A Golden Raspberry
In the nicest way possible, one can only hope it is better than last year's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which was completely panned by critics. That being said, the film did make $150 million from a $30 million budget, so James certainly has a legion of fans.
Although a number of James's recent features have been nominated for the awards everyone wants to avoid - I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (Razzie - Worst Supporting Actor), Grown Ups 2 (Razzie - Worst Screen Combo), Pixels (Golden Raspberry - Worst Supporting Actor) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (three Golden Raspberries).
A Masterpiece? Or A Dud?
Will True Memoirs be a surprise hit? The film will be directed by Jeff Wadlow, who directed Kick Ass 2 (2013) and will star Kim Coates and Andy Garcia alongside James. The synopsis is as follows:
After a publisher changes a writer's debut novel about a deadly assassin from fiction to nonfiction, the author finds himself thrust into the world of his lead character, and must take on the role of his character for his own survival.
However, if precedent is anything to go by, the signs aren't great. The most recent Netflix original comedy feature, The Ridiculous 6, starring Adam Sandler in the lead role, currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes...
I won't hold my breath, then.
'True Memoirs of an International Assassin' will be available to stream on Netflix this year.
Source: Latino Review