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You know what they say: you can't keep a good man down. Now we're about to find out if that truism applies to film collaborations as well.

That's because, according to Variety, Kevin Costner will be re-teaming with his 'Waterworld' director Kevin Reynolds for an upcoming action/comedy called 'Learning Italian,' which is set to begin production soon at the blessedly landlocked Bavaria Film Studios in southern Germany. You know what they say: you can't keep a good man down. Now we're about to find out if that truism applies to film collaborations as well.

That's because, according to Variety, Kevin Costner will be re-teaming with his 'Waterworld' director Kevin Reynolds for an upcoming action/comedy called 'Learning Italian,' which is set to begin production soon at the blessedly landlocked Bavaria Film Studios in southern Germany.

'Waterworld,' of course, was one of the biggest critical and financial failures in the history of film, costing a then-record $175 million to make back in 1995 against just $88 million in domestic ticket sales. But while the movie quickly became the butt of an infinite number of jokes, it actually managed to turn a profit when overseas box office and video sales were figured in, becoming the third collaboration between Costner and Reynolds to do so; previously the pair had worked on the better received efforts 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' and 'Fandango.'

Still, it's taken 15 long years for the duo to reunite, perhaps in part due to the sting of 'Waterworld''s failure. Time heals all wounds, however, as does the prospect of government incentives: According to the report, the production of 'Learning Italian' is set to receive over $1.5 million in grants and assistance as part of Germany's efforts to lure film companies to the region.

So will 'Learning Italian' be a return to form for the duo? Or will it be another ocean-sized catastrophe? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: If this turns out to be another flop, Costner won't be the only one left wondering just what they were thinking.