Tomorrow is a fun day for Kevin James fans. The True Memoirs Of A Criminal Assassin will be released on Netflix, and the former King of Queens star will be starring as the main lead in the streamable flick. In the movie, the publisher of James' character (Same Larson/Mason Carver) changes the title of his fictional novel, The Memoirs Of An International Assassin to that of the title of the film. As a result of adding the word "true" in front of the original title, people believe that his story is non-fiction, and he becomes a wanted man in a scheme to eliminate a president. In order to make it out alive from his brought-to-life story, the author must become the character he writes about. In a sense, the film is like a literary take on Jumanji; Jumanji is obviously made-up, but the title of this film begs the question, is the True Memoirs Of An International Assassin based on a true story?
In short, no, it is not. The film's script was written by Jeff Morris, and appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced screenplays. According to Deadline, movies like Juno and 500 Days of Summer are some to have first appeared on the list before being catapulted to the big screen. This particular film is on the list with movies like The Social Network, so, yeah, it has some credibility. Even though the script was temporarily shelved, it was finally picked up in 2015 when Netflix purchased the rights to the action comedy.
Kevin James' stunts are taken to another level in the film. They are far more intense than those seen during his performance in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and it's sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
He's no longer sliding across a wax floor, or wrestling a bird, now he's jumping onto helicopters. "We prepared so much for this movie," James enthused on an interview with Today. "We honestly drilled so much for a month beforehand, working out, choreographing the fights, and stuff like that."
Sadly, the action-packed tricks got the best of Genesis Rodriguez, who was originally cast to star alongside James. Unfortunately, she was injured during rehearsals, and announced on Instagram that she would be forced to bow out, and be replaced by Zulay Henao.
“It is with huge disappointment that I have to announce I got injured during rehearsals of True Memoirs and I can no longer continue…I wish the production and cast all the best! I will come back stronger and take all this kick a** knowledge to another project God willing. I am looking forward to watching this film soon! All my love -Gen”.
Ouch. Well, at least even though the story is fiction, the actors' enthusiasm for the film is very real. Watch the trailer below to put a target on your own anticipation.