Carell to star in laffer from scribes Carnes, Gilbert

New Line has found its leading man for “Furry Vengeance,” the comedy bought as a spec script last month (Daily Variety, June 8).

“Anchorman” co-star Steve Carell will play a cutthroat real estate developer who meets his match in the animals that will be rendered homeless if he’s successful in turning their forest into a housing development.

Script is from Mike Carnes and Josh Gilbert; New Line’s Kent Alterman, Keith Goldberg and Michelle Weiss are steering the pic.

Carell got his start playing a correspondent on “The Daily Show” and then jumped to the bigscreen as Jim Carrey’s nemesis in “Bruce Almighty.” He will star in NBC’s “The Office: An American Workplace,” the network’s version of the celebrated British comedy series that is poised for a midseason berth. He is also in the ensemble of Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda.”

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