One resemblance between the Mr. & Mrs. Smith series on Amazon Studios and the original 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was pointed out by showrunner Francesca Sloane.
The first film centres on a married couple who are unaware that one of them is a covert spy. Unless, that is, they are assigned to murder the same target—and then each other.
Recently, a show starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine has reimagined the same idea. Although it has many of the same concepts as the film, there are also a lot of variances.
How Does Mr. & Mrs. Smith Differ From the 2005 Film?
Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-creator and showrunner Francesca Sloane disclosed the one resemblance between the new series and the original 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in an exclusive conversation with The Direct’s Russ Milheim.
Regarding how closely the project resembled the movie, Sloane stated that they “wanted them to be two spies who are married” and “that’s it.”
Regarding Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, Sloane highlighted “their incredible awkwardness” as her favourite aspect of the starring pair, citing what they brought to their portrayals of John and Jane Smith:
When asked what aspect of her time on the programme was the most unique, Sloane said that working on Mr. & Mrs. Smith was her “first time being a showrunner,” and that the fact that she gave birth to her “only son at the same exact time” added to the experience’s uniqueness.
The director added, “But it was a blast,” and declared that she would “do it all over again exactly as it went down.”
When The Direct questioned which episode was the most difficult to put together, the co-creator replied that “it’s hard to pick one” but that it was challenging to achieve the correct “tone of the show” overall.
She went on to say that it was difficult to “[figure] out how to fuse” these “naturalistic characters” yet they are “still so engaging in comedy.”
How New Mr. & Mrs. Smith TV Series Stands Alone
The discrepancies between the Mr. and Mrs. Smith projects begin fairly quickly following that one similarity.
The most important of these is that, in the streaming series, John and Jane played by Donald Glover and Maya Erskine are already aware that they are both spies. In their first film together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were unaware that the other was a spy.
In contrast to the rival agencies depicted in the 2005 movie, they are both employed by the same company.
Will the new John and Jane have the same level of happiness and success as Jolie and Pitt’s characters? That is the key question.
It does appear like the natural course of the story would be to pit one against the other at some time.
Every episode is constrained by a meticulous, unobtrusive eye for modern detail. When needed, David Fleming’s magnificent score uplifts the atmosphere, and director Hiro Murai skillfully transitions between slow burn and climax. The two have clearly aged with time, as seen by the little ways they trust each other and handle new missions like seasoned pros. Their initial nervousness has long since faded. At times, the pace is purposefully languid, but then, with amazing clarity and accuracy, the suspense picks up a notch. It combines elements of a character study, a spy action-thriller, and a perceptive examination of governance. Erskine and Glover function flawlessly, and has a smooth and endearing chemistry that is crucial to the show as the stress in the last few episodes builds. Glover exudes confidence as he gradually displays his desire, and Erskine is hilarious as the cool, collected opposite. When they are together, Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s every moment is a dependably wicked thrill. Make sure not to miss it.