Johnny Depp will produce a TV show based on The Secret World

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, though I did a double-take too: Deadline is reporting that The Secret World aka Secret World Legends is getting a TV adaptation produced by Johnny Depp and his company Infinitum Nihil.

“It will center on a team of undercover agents and the shadowy war between secret societies: the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Central to the plot is their battle against the supernatural in an adventure that spans across our world, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends, as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.”

There are several notable writers and producers attached to the show already, including Gudrun Giddings, who apparently optioned The Secret World’s media rights several years ago.

Well OK then.

Source: Deadline. Great catch, Bill!
Update: Funcom has now confirmed this with a press release. No new info.
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Kevin McCaughey

Well done Funcom!!!! I think it is a great idea and will hopefully bring them some money. They were due a bit of luck. Really pleased about this.

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Slaasher

Is Tim Burton directing? I might watch it then

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Nic

Nassir ……………….. it won’t be Secret World without Nassir

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Bryan Correll

Hmmm. Will he be playing Kirsten Geary?

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Bill Hargenrader

Happy to help!

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sophiskiai

If the show has Said and Ricky Pagan in it, I’ll be happy :)

Btw, Flappy raid is now over but you can see the Flappies flapping away to Flappyland (aka Tokyo) for a few minutes at 45m past the hour every hour between now and tomorrow’s patch.

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Aelzen

I’d love to see Said brought to life in the show. By far my favourite character so far. Would also like an arc on Tyler Freeborn, but that may be a stretch, depending on budget.

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Utakata

That’s Johnny “I was on the Black Pearl” Depp to you… o.O

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Jack Pipsam

Can’t say that’s reassuring to have Depp connected to it, he is poison right now.

But if it’s just simply his company and nothing to do with him personally then it might be alright.

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Tandor

I should like to have an editorial say on who plays my character!

Plus royalties, naturally…

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Brother Maynard

Seeing the state of Funcom, their need of every penny and with TSW’s original creative mind long gone, I fully expect Funcom to bend over backwards when dealing with the show producers. Anything will be possible. Seriously, if this ends up a cheap summer teenage comedy, it won’t surprise me a bit. Funcom does not have the power, nor the will to enforce a proper treatment of the TSW IP in this show.

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David Goodman

I dunno, I might watch a summer teenage comedy set in this world. Let’s bring back the League of Monster Hunters :)

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Armsbend

Why wouldn’t you? You don’t have an IP anyone knows about. They are lucky a name every knows has a passing interest much less seems interested in green lighting the thing. I’d give him full reign no strings attached.

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thickenergy

Right. TSW/SWL isn’t exactly WoW, where making a movie for the game’s existing audience looks practical from a financial standpoint. So whatever thing gets made, if it gets made, will not be focused on pleasing existing fans of the TSW IP. It may end up pleasing them, but that would simply be a byproduct of chasing the larger movie-going audience.

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taradyne

Been following TSW since early closed beta because of the fantastic writing, and always thought it had great potential for other media. Gratz to Ragnar and crew on this!

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Armsbend

I’d really like to know the story about how Depp even became aware of TSW. It doesn’t seem like something he’d play – but who knows?

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deekay_plus

good chance he wasn’t even personally aware of it until well after his company had bought the rights and his managers thought it’d be a good idea to start marketting it with his name attached. XD

i’m just curious how robert anton wilson’s estate will react to this given tsw’s story and lore is heavily deriviative of his novels. it might’ve gotten a pass in video game form but i’m not so sure about on screen.

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zoward

Man, I loved The Illuminatus Trilogy!

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deekay_plus

i read it way too many times in my youth XD

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Tobasco da Gama

I mean, he *still* might not be personally aware of it, other than the title of a show he’s signing the checks for.

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deekay_plus

there’s a good chance he’s not really aware of much in general these days >>

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Estranged

Well alright, about damn time.

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xpsync

Hhmmmm, whatever as long as they don’t f with the game.
tbh the stories are so amazing i’m surprised it took this long.

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Bryan Turner

Shut up and take my money.

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ceder

Ugh… so “The Not So Secret Drunk World”

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Nater

“The rum’s gone. Why is the rum always gone?!”

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Roger Melly

I can’t think of any other mmo that I would like to see made into a TV series more than TSW if it was done right but I am already dubious about the plot synopsis centering on undercover agents rather than members of the Dragon,Illuminati or Templars .

I have a nasty feeling it could turn out like an X-Files style show than anything that resembles the game itself .

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Melissa McDonald

He’s apparently bankrupt, so I guess he’s taking every gig he can.

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Armsbend

It is his production company so it cost him money personally. He may be looking for cheap IPs, which TSW would definitely be one, but he still has out-of-pocket expenses.

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deekay_plus

i’m pretty sure he’s bankrupt in teh “messy divorce and he doesn’t want his wife to see any of his money” sense that some celebs do.

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John Mynard

A little research suggests that he has overspent on a variety of properties and it’s not that he’s not making money, only that he’s monthly expenses have exceeded his earnings. He doesn’t have a money problem so much as he has a cash flow problem. He’s maintaining too many properties and too much staff for a person of his means.

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Armsbend

Bingo!

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Duane Does not check email

Please a streaming service…. not something sanitized like hellblazer was by NBC

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deekay_plus

before yall get too excited, this is the last film depp produced

so keep your expectations in check. XD

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Roger Melly

According to wikipedia and the IMDB these are the producers Liz Destro,
Jordan Monsanto and Jennifer Schwalbach for Yoga Hosers .

I’ve not seen the film myself yet but it seems to be more Kevin Smith’s baby than anyone elses given he wrote and directed it .

I can’t see Depp’s involvement in the film beyond a supporting actor appearance .

Where did you get the impression Depp was a producer ?

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Armsbend

Depp’s daughter is the lead in the movie. That is the motivation.

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deekay_plus

kevin smith talking about it on his facebook page.

it was a joint production between smith and depp to get their daughters acting work.

except their daughters can’t act and the movie bombed at the box office and was universally panned by critics.

which kevin smith whined about for months on fb.

idk why depp isn’t listed on imdb, smith was talking up and down about his involvement in the film for months and months on fb.

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Armsbend

Kevin Smith is so bad at movies.

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deekay_plus

his movies used to have a lot of heart and alot of charm, but after zack and miri idk what happened but all of his work has been trash.

and his fb page used to be nice stories of him and jay mewes and people he’d worked with and stuff but a number of years ago he started posting nothing but pictures of his teenaged daughter and how HOT she is and how she came from his BALLS. no seriously.

last time i looked at the page he was whining about how everyone thought yoga hosers was a pile of shit which he KNEW we hadn’t seen it because it sold so incredibly badly so we couldn’t possibly know it was shit.

even tho you know, the trailer alone makes it look incredibly bad adn not in a good way. because neither of their daughters can act for shit.

which alot of his fans already suffered through tusk and red state which were shit shows of bad cinema.

damn shame but it happens unfortunately. i can name other bigger starred directors/writers that have done worse to their careers than smith. i guess it’s just the grossness and untimely association with depp as depp has become a gross abusive old man that has no respect for anyone or anything anymore and phones in every role with teh same tired performance that his biggest fans love him for.

which fair enough to depp fans, they want that from him and he delivers it. but for the rest of us it’s increasingly become a harbinger to see his name attached to something that it’s gonna be bad.

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Armsbend

OG Clerks and Chasing Amy were great movies – never saw anything I liked outside of those two. i said never again after that buddy cop movie with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. That was literally a top 5 worst movies I have ever seen.

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deekay_plus

don’t know the bruce willis/tracey morgan one.

i liked his movies up until zack and miri, even tho clerks 2 was pretty awkward in alot of places . dogma and jay and silent bob strike back was his peak. zack and miri was fun and good feel movie with some awkward bits but some awesome jay mewes that made up for it.

everything i’ve sampled from him after zack and miri has been utter rubbish.

and his facebook page since the daughter thing started just makes me dislike him as a human being.

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Jeff

I suspect that the only thing it will have from the game is the idea of the three secret societies. I would love to see specific characters but not too hopeful. Actually I would like them to have the main story be around three people from each faction having to kind of come together to save the world. Then they can have there be a love/hate relationship between them.

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Tobasco da Gama

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TRANSMIT – initiate the broadcast protocol – RECEIVE – initiate the prime time cadence – AVOID THE FRIDAY NIGHT DEATH SLOT – a team of photogenic bees – VANQUISH THE MONSTER OF THE WEEK – will they prevail against the dark days? – SERIOUSLY I HOPE THEY WORK THE WEIRD BUZZING LORE IN SOMEHOW – tune in next time to find out – WITNESS! – The Deppening.

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ogged451

Line from the first episode : “IP 250 or gtfo”

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axcharlton

I have wanted this for a long time – I have even thought of scripts and plot changes that would work for TV. I hope they get this right – get Ragnor and Scriv on board pretty pleeeeeeeeeese!!

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John Mynard

The question becomes, will the main characters be mortals or Bees? It takes some of the fun out if the main characters are effectively immortal and have magic powers. Maybe make it a newbie Bee and all she can do is power a single pistol.

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luxundae

Wait, what? Huh.

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Celestia

Scarves and eyeliner DLC coming soon!

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BalsBigBrother

So will we have to wait five years and have a rebranding before we see season two of this show ?

Well this could be a good thing but I am going to keep my expectations in check until more details such as a network actually picking up the show and air dates.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I wonder if the whole effort to salvage the game by turning it to Legends was based on knowledge or hope that this would happen?

Seems like too much of a co-incidence.

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Malcolm Swoboda

The financial reports of Funcom indicate, or at least slightly hint, they desire to use SWL as part of a potentially larger media effort. This can include the TV show, or include (for all we know) a console version, comics, mobile apps, and so on. If they’re going to push into Season 2 in 2017 (5 years after initial release), instead of shut down, they might as well encourage an atmosphere of, well, encouragement to be interested in the property.

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Melissa McDonald

/insert oft-repeated rant about how the Hobbit movies should have boosted LOTRO, but they were shite

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Raimo Kangasniemi

There wasn’t much marketing effort to get attention to LotRO when they came out; LotRO overall has had abysmal lack of publicity campaigns from the start.

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Minimalistway

Anyone from Funcom reading comments? please publish novels or even comics, art books too.

I’ll wait for this show, it will be the first tv show i watch since the 90s.

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Toy Clown

I looove Depp!
I loooove Secret World!

Hopefully it’s being done for Netflix or HBO, and it’ll be a huge winner.

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johnwillo

What about the important questions? Will the TV show have a reticle?

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silverlock

Nice I said TSW would make a better TV or movie series then a game.

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Yangers

Kingsmouth is practically a TV series all on its own.

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Melissa McDonald

Yes, it probably should be. When The Walking Dead is wrapped up and that TV crew is looking for a new project, they’d be a perfect fit.

Just like I think when Game of Thrones wraps, that crew should do The Silmarillion.

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Tandor

They’ll be too busy doing the various spin-off series, covering different timelines in the universe of the books.

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silverlock

They should do Honor Harrington!

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Yangers

This could be AMAZING or hilariously terrible.

I hope for the former, but have expectations set on the latter.

Dont fail us Captain Jack F***ing Sparrow!

Edit: Ooohh, they could base episodes and arcs around the ingame quests. And an episode based on The Park.

Argggh please be good!

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Mr Poolaty

Awesome!! I bet the plot revolves around dogs in Australia!!

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Armsbend

Get David Lynch as the director.

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andistotle

that would be amazing. :)

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DM Taps

Wow! I hope this will be on Netflix or HBO so it’s done right!

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Nick Smith

Great news! Looking forward to it.

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Hirku

Holy crap. Well, I’d say that’s quite a step up from Funcom’s usual marketing. Hopefully a good first season of the show gets us a great second season of the game.

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CasualSlacks

I’m not reading a parody gaming news website am I? Is it August Fool’s Day?

I hope they get Kirsten Geary right.

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Koshelkin

Say what.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Oleg Chebeneev

How did you do that? Are there separate picture of each costume?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

30 centiseconds delay between frames, not milliseconds. My bad:)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Yes, there are 11 different images, each with Secret World faction emblem overlay ,set at 30milliseconds each.

…and one Schlag hatter;p

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Armsbend

best one is Dragon Cry Baby.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

my favorite as well. ;)

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camren_rooke

Ahm stealin this. Not even gonna lie.

*thumbs up

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Nick Smith

Hahaaha excellent Schlag :)

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Theodrax

It’s a great universe with lots of potential. I’ll watch. Now if only we could have watched created outfits for the characters. You get a couple stylish ones, somebody in a bikini and a gas mask, and a mismatched weirdo in a taco hat.

It would certainly be a boost for the game.

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MJ Guthrie

Think the Mankini will make an appearance?

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Phubarrh

Only in the Director’s Cut.

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Phubarrh

Well, if we can’t have a TV adaptation of the Illuminatus! trilogy, this is the next best thing!

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Michael Lehner

Now i feel like crying. I mean, for FC this is great. The IP finally gets the attention it deserves. That’s a lot of publicity, will get them many players and the money they need.

The sad thing is the timing. Would this have happened some time ago, it could have saved the original TSW, which was vastly superior to what we have now. With the given timing, it can’t save TSW any more, but only keeps the lousy rework on its feet. :(

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Malcolm Swoboda

Lousy rework? It has me addicted for months!

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Koshelkin

Conversely maybe it’s better this way because the new rendition is more likely to keep fresh blood around. After all the changes were made with that in mind.

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mistressbrazen

Ironic and so sad. The inferior game will prevail…sigh Well at least the guy who owns the rights knows the old game, maybe that is something….

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CasualSlacks

Gotta live with the world as it is and not how it used to be.

Unless you’re made by bees.

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kanbe

I can safely say I never saw this coming. Looking forward to it though!

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Dominick Critelli

Holy fuck it’s about time.

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Greaterdivinity

Don’t know anything about Depp’s company, but I’m hype. Always hoped they’d do something in terms of TV/movies in the universe, it’s ripe for fantastic storytelling.

So I’m alright with this. Now to hope that it’s good!

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Armsbend

The company has made some of his worst movies but they have been really huge budget. Lone Ranger, Hugo, Mortdecai, Dark Shadows and Rum dairy. Nothing tv yet that I can find.

Hopes though he is certainly a big name and draw still.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Johnny Depp wasn’t in Hugo himself, and as far as I am aware, Hugo got mostly positive reviews.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s disappointing, then. Missed most of those either due to interest or the poor reception. Enjoyed Dark Shadows, though. It wasn’t good by any means, but it was at least entertaining for me. If they can do that for Secret World, but without all the charm and whimsy, I’ll be satisfied.

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Armsbend

I think it would really work as a tv show. you never know he could find a hit in it. If he can put his ego aside and find good writers and a solid director it could be a good thing. He is willing to put big money behind his projects it seems.

By ego I meant, trying to do it all himself or putting his family members in key roles. *shrug* his money though. You cant say its a bad thing for TSW because otherwise it just wouldnt be happening.

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Skoryy

At first I saw Depp’s involvement and was ‘why’.

Then MJ reminded me what was really important: Secret World characters on my TV screen. Gimme the University crew, Radcliffe and Blake, Sonnac and whatserface the Illuminati contact. This might actually be awesome.

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Koshelkin

I doubt they will use much of the original cast except maybe for the faction handlers.

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Gen'Challa 🦆

As long as they get Jeff Combs to come and actually play Hayden Montag, I’ll be happy.

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Cyclone Jack

If they can’t get Combs to reprise his role as Montag, then they should quit now while they are ahead. ;)

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