Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:I-5’; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The Offing

EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has two killer movie projects lined up, along with a possible TV successor to his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock. He’s in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5, playing the head of the CIA. He’s also in talks to join Will Smith in the Peter Landesman-directed movie about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Here’s the capper, though: Baldwin is developing a new TV show with NBC Productions, in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type Mayor of New York City.

Ford is the buffoonish Toronto, Ontario mayor who has had his troubles with the crack pipe and behaves outlandishly on a fairly regular basis. That should be edgy stuff, since it is being fashioned as a one-hour cable series. Wells Tower is writing the pilot, and Baldwin will exec producer with Cary Brokaw.

Baldwin teamed with James Toback on the hilarious Cannes documentary Seduced And Abandoned. He turned down numerous roles to stay close to home while his wife was pregnant, but is starring in the untitled Warren Beatty project on Howard Hughes (he also starred in Martin Scorsese’s movie about the renowned billionaire recluse), and stars in the upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed untitled film. He has generated headlines for his clashes with paparazzi and recently announced in New York magazine that he was through with public life. I wish he wouldn’t take the bait, but his penchant for rising to the occasion does somehow make that TV series seem pretty promising.

Baldwin is repped by CAA.

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