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One of pop culture’s greatest questions may finally
be answered, as Walden Media has acquired the film rights to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The
live-action adaptation of the children’s edutainment series is rumored to star
Jennifer Lopez, though as of now she is only signed to a producing role.
Children of the 90’s
will no doubt remember Carmen Sandiego as the crimson-cloaked thief whose dastardly
yet educational crimes included stealing all Japan’s sushi and the Mason-Dixon line. Originally a computer game meant to teach geography and
history, the “Sandiego” brand grew to include a Saturday morning cartoon, a
game show and a book series. This also isn’t the first time the property has been optioned, as Disney tried to make it a vehicle for Sandra Bullock in the late ’90s but the project never went to production.
The globe-trotting thievery is being used as a framework for what Walden hopes will be a mash-up of National Treasure and The Thomas Crown Affair. Deadline has the company’s current plot
“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?”
No word yet on when these questions will be answered, as a release window remains unconfirmed.