Back in the '80s, before you could look at the top of your own head from a space satellite via your handheld phone, Brøderbund Software put out a series of computer games (the kind that came on a floppy disk) to make geography exciting for kids. The objective: find the elusive globetrotting criminal Carmen Sandiego.
Soon afterward the show was turned into a PBS game show, followed by an animated series on Fox. The "Carmen Sandiego" franchise has lain dormant for some time, but, according to Deadline, Walden Media is developing the property as a movie vehicle for Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez would be perfect for the lead role, but is currently only listed as a producer on the project through her Nuyorican Productions shingle. Here is the logline for "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?":
"When the ACME agency’s greatest detective Carmen Sandiego becomes the world’s greatest thief, it’s up to her former partner to follow her clues and track her down. Their cat-and-mouse game leads the partner to confront a greater mystery: Is Carmen really a thief or a hero?"
There are many ways to make this a cool experience, and we could even imagine this being the first movie where the audience is encouraged to take out their cell phones and search for clues on the Internet or something. There's actually a new "Carmen Sandiego" Facebook app for the game with over 20,000 users.
The family-friendly Walden, best known for the "Narnia" films, sees this as a chance for its own "National Treasure"-esque blockbuster, but it had damn well better include the unforgettable theme song from the show ...