Word came down in Variety last month that director Kevin Reynolds and his three-time star and former buddy Kevin Costner were getting the band back together to make Learning Italian, a spy comedy probably along the adult-sophistication lines of the Oceans flicks or Duplicity. (Or maybe not--maybe it's going to be more tonally in the Spies Like Us wheelhouse... shudder...)
This news was greeted with a collective snarky groan--after all the last two times the Kevins got together the results were Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and... dum dum duuummm... Waterworld. (I can't recall who's the Waterworld defender around these parts, but I'm guessing it's Fiirveon, right?) Not only did we movie goers end up with Waterworld, but the expensive box-office boondoggle also broke up the Kevins, with Reynolds chaffing at Costner's directorial meddling.
But 15 years (and sagging career fortunes) can heal all wounds, even those that look like gills. Since Waterworld, Reynolds hasn't made much of a splash, though his 2002 Count of Monte Cristo (with James Caviezel) and his 2006 Tristan + Isolde (with James Franco) are both decent enough historical yarns. Meanwhile Costner's status as a superstar has tumbled quite a bit since Waterworld and The Postman. But probably not coincidentally he's done some of his best acting in smaller roles outside the spotlight in films like Thirteen Days, Open Range, The Upside of Anger, and Mr. Brooks. So you can see how age and wisdom may have soothed over past clashes. (Though there's nothing like doing a big movie together again to spectacularly reopen them.)
And I admit I'm sort of pulling for Kevin and Kevin. No, I have no love for Robin Hood or Waterworld, but I will always carry a huge soft spot for their first film together: 1985's Fandango, a fun, bittersweet college road-trip movie set in Vietnam-era Texas, co-starring Sam Robards, Judd Nelson, and Suzi Amis (now the fourth Mrs. James Cameron).