Walden Media and Jennifer Lopez Catch CARMEN SANDIEGO

     November 3, 2011

Walden Media has acquired the feature rights to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and they’re hoping Jennifer Lopez will help them answer the question. While I think Lopez could actually be a good choice to portray the anti-heroine, at this moment she’s only in talks to produce through her Nuyorican Productions. The project has been described as National Treasure meets The Thomas Crown Affair.

Originally starting as an educational computer game before turning into a cartoon series (and game show), Carmen Sandiego follows the titular anti-heroine as she travels the world stealing irreplaceable artifacts. Her former partner at the ACME Detective Agency must try to stay one step ahead of her and bring her in. Hit the jump for more.

carmen-sandiego-imageWhile I think Lopez could actually make this character work, the property misfired once before in a Disney option for Sandra Bullock that never got made. In addition to Lopez, Deadline’s reports states that Benny Medina and Simon Fields, both of Nuyorican Productions, will produce, as well as Nick Osbourne, Trevor Engelson and Devin Andre of Underground Films. The property rights were acquired from Houghton Mifflin by Walden Media, whose CEO Michael Bostick and Senior VP Evan Turner will oversee the project.

Walden Media has a mandate to create properties that challenge kids, which makes Carmen Sandiego a great fit. The property was used to teach geography and as a general educational tool in elementary schools. I still remember using my Fodor’s Travel Guide with the original game back on a computer that had way less memory than my iPhone. If you’d like to relive the 1990s for a few minutes, check out the animated series intro and, of course, the Rockapella versions below:

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