Helmer replaces Sonnenfeld
“Galaxy Quest” director Dean Parisot has joined “Fun With Dick and Jane,” the Columbia Pictures-based remake of the 1977 comedy that will star Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz.
Parisot has been working with scribes Judd Apatow and Nick Stoller on the script; shooting will begin next June. Brian Grazer is producing.
Parisot took the job after Barry Sonnenfeld dropped out of the film at a point when “Dick and Jane” was envisioned for a late summer start. Carrey was going to make the film before he played Count Olaf in the Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of “Lemony Snicket,” now being prepped by director Brad Silberling.
Rather than rush to find a new director, Grazer and studio brass took their time and postponed the shoot until Carrey completed “Snicket.” Carrey is set and Diaz is expected to be soon.
The UTA-repped Parisot had been set to direct Bruce Willis and Diane Lane in the Intermedia thriller “Me Again,” but he became available after the project imploded. He sparked to the “Fun” redo.
George Segal and Jane Fonda starred in the original as an upper-middle-class couple who turn to pulling heists to pay their bills. Premise has been updated to reflect the times: Carrey plays a spokesman for an Enron-like company who not only finds himself jobless, but also a pariah because he had been carrying the torch for a despicable enterprise.
It’s the second big dose of news for Grazer at Col. He’s producing with John Calley the adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestseller “The Da Vinci Code,” a film to be directed by Grazer’s Imagine partner Ron Howard, with Akiva Goldsman penning the script.