Carrey calls ‘Number 23’

Thesp, Schumacher in talks for New Line pic

Jim Carrey and director Joel Schumacher are negotiating to team on “The Number 23,” a Fernley Phillips-scripted New Line drama.

Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm will produce the pic, which is skedded to shoot in November.

Schumacher was attached to the quirky thriller once before.

Carrey will play a man who becomes obsessed and haunted upon reading a book that seems to be about his life but ends with a murder. The number 23 is woven throughout the plot.

Project re-emerged this year, and Carrey and Schumacher each had time in their schedules to make it their next assignment. Schumacher expected to be in production on “The Crowded Room” at New Regency; instead, the fact-based film about a man with 24 different personalities has been undergoing a significant rewrite by Lem Dobbs. He won’t turn in his script until late this fall.

New Line’s Richard Brener, Keith Goldberg and production prexy Toby Emmerich will oversee “Number” for the studio. Brooklyn Weaver, who manages the writer, will exec produce.

Carrey and Schumacher last worked together on “Batman Forever.”

Carrey, who last worked for New Line on 1994’s back-to-back blockbusters “Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber,” just completed “Fun With Dick and Jane” for Sony. He’ll make “Number 23” before he heads off to star with Ben Stiller in the Jay Roach-directed “Used Guys” for 20th Century Fox. That pic will shoot late next spring.

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