Carrey, Diaz, Muccino take leave of laffer

The Focus Features romantic comedy “A Little Game” imploded Tuesday with the abrupt exits of Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and director Gabriele Muccino just a couple of weeks before its Oct. 19 start date. Focus, though, is still hoping that studio topper James Schamus, an accomplished scribe in his own right, can keep the project going. Schamus is making a last-ditch attempt to nail a rewrite and set a new director to salvage the film and perhaps Carrey’s participation in it. “Game” is the third straight Carrey vehicle that failed to make it to the starting gate after “Used Guys” was unplugged by Fox and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” was postponed at Paramount.

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