Captain Kirk Counterfeits Money

October 13, 2009

Chris Pine, best known to us as the new Captain Kirk, may have found his next frontier: counterfeiting money. The Art of Making Money, a book by Rolling Stone writer Jason Kersten, follows Art Williams (not his real name), a man who made his living by making a fake living.

Right now it's looking like director D.J. Caruso is going to helm the film. Caruso brought us wonderful movies like Disturbia and Eagle Eye, so it will be interesting to see what one of his films will be like without Shia LaBeouf.

Variety tells us this about the project:

Brian Robbins is producing with Sharla Sumpter and Brad Weston. Frank Baldwin wrote the script. If the deals are made, Pine will play Art Williams, the alias for a Chicago man who rose from petty theft to become a master counterfeiter. Paramount acquired the project based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article by Jason Kersten, who turned his reporting into the book "The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter," which was published last summer by Gotham.

It's good to see Pine branching out to different kinds of roles. He could easily get pigeon-holed into clean-cut leading man roles if he's not careful, but it appears he's being careful. William Shatner never escaped the shadow of Captain Kirk, but Pine has hopefully learned from his mistakes.

The Art of Making Money has a very Catch Me If You Can sound to it, presumably with a more realistic tone. The idea of someone printing up all the money he wants is a fun one, and very apt in this age of government bail outs when the Treasury is literally making money out of thin air.

Does this mean Pine wants to isolate his action movies to Star Trek, or does he want to dip his toe in many different pools?

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