Mark Ruffalo May Star in a COLUMBO Movie [Updated]

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Now here’s an odd pairing that somehow makes a lot of sense.  The TV series Columbo ran sporadically for a period between 1968 and 2003, amounting to a number of mystery specials that were lead by Peter Falk as the titular disheveled yet highly gifted detective.  The mystery series was beloved for its affable lead and engaging whodunits, and now it may be resurrected with a rather curious choice to take over for Falk: Mark Ruffalo.  Screenwriter Gary Whitta, who is currently working on an unspecified Star Wars spinoff, got to joking on Twitter yesterday about the prospect of Ruffalo leading a rebooted Columbo.  Much to everyone’s surprise, Ruffalo responded and revealed that he’s actually be approached about starring in a genuine Columbo movie.  More after the jump.

[Update: Unfortunately, Ruffalo has now learned that Universal owns the rights to Columbo. More below.]

The Twitter exchange that lead to this fun bit of news went as follows:

 

 

And here’s the update from Ruffalo saying this iteration of the project is unlikely to move forward.  Our original story follows below.

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Ruffalo kind of makes perfect sense as a rebooted Columbo, doesn’t he?  The guy is unbelievably talented, but he’s also incredibly genial.  He already played a slightly eccentric detective in David Fincher’s masterful Zodiac, and one imagines he’d be a fun fit for a Columbo movie.

Ed Solomon is a screenwriter and producer responsible for penning the scripts for Charlie’s Angels and Now You See Me, but it’s unclear what his exact role would be in this new Columbo feature.  Of course, all of this is preliminary and there doesn’t appear to be a Columbo movie in active development, but it’s neat to hear that the possibility has been seriously discussed.

Until we get more concrete info, we can look forward to next seeing Ruffalo reprise his role as Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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  • Vulcan

    He looks kind of like Columbo. I can see it.

    • Zoidbert

      Yeah, same here. And I think he’s got good comic timing and can pull it off.

    • LEM

      I can half see it.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Open your other eye. Try again.

      • milo

        Hard to tell but it seems like you missed his joke…don’t want to explain it if I don’t have to.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Don’t explain it, I got the joke. I simply went in another, dumber direction to amuse myself, possibly others.

  • jared ko

    Whodunit? Columbo is a typical howcatchem.

  • Hey…HEY!

    Abso-fucking-lutely not!

  • Steven

    You know, nobody can really replicate Falk but Ruffalo would be really interesting.

  • Bifash

    He would have been perfect. I envisioned this a long time ago. Sad to see it won’t happen.

  • hazzin

    Glad it’s not happening. Of course, Ruffalo would be great (though I seriously doubt anyone can come close to Peter Falk’s performance), but Solomon as a writer? Guy who wrote Now You See Me? Are you kidding me? The plot of that movie didn’t make any sense. By far the worst movie I saw last year script-wise (admittedly, I don’t watch bad movies in general, so I’m not saying it was the worst released, but certainly the worst I saw). Guys like him should never get a writing job in Hollywood again.

  • Jamesy

    I never really thought about a rebooted Columbo, whether it be a tv show or movie. But now I can totally see Ruffalo in the role, would be cool if it could get off the ground, or even just have him play a “Columbo type” character.

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  • Marissa Evans

    SHIT they’re rebooting it? I’m far from a purist when it comes to…well, anything. But can these studios not just appreciate the fact that people were already satisfied with the original and don’t need to see it again? Create a new detective with his own quirks. We don’t constantly need some new writer to say “This is how we’ve updated Sherlock Holmes,” or “Here’s a whole new take on Hercule Poirot” (though I wouldn’t mind a new Miss Marple; she hasn’t had her Jeremy Brett or David Suchet yet in my opinion).
    Let’s create our own legends. There’s a reason everyone keeps talking about ‘Breaking Bad’ even now, because it was something new and great.

    • Marissa Evans

      I should mention that I don’t think it can’t be good. But it just kind of takes away from the authenticity of the original is all. It’s nice when something can just stand alone and be discussed without having to bring up and compare it to reboots or remakes.

  • Marissa Evans

    SHIT they’re rebooting it? I’m far from a purist when it comes to…well, anything. But can these studios not just appreciate the fact that people were already satisfied with the original and don’t need to see it again? Create a new detective with his own quirks. We don’t constantly need some new writer to say “This is how we’ve updated Sherlock Holmes,” or “Here’s a whole new take on Hercule Poirot” (though I wouldn’t mind a new Miss Marple; she hasn’t had her Jeremy Brett or David Suchet yet in my opinion).
    Let’s create our own legends. There’s a reason everyone keeps talking about ‘Breaking Bad’ even now, because it was something new and great.

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