Carry, Burton still on board with film
Bruce Almighty.” Oedekerk most recently scripted the Tom Shadyac-directed “Evan Almighty,” starring Steve Carell. Carrey hatched many of the creative ideas that will broaden the emphasis from his Robert Ripley character to some of the wonders he uncovered for his “Believe It or Not!” column. Armed with a new take that has been approved by the studio, Oedekerk will work to ramp up the spectacle factor for a budget comparable to the original. When Paramount applied the brakes to “Ripley’s,” Burton moved on to direct Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd,” a DreamWorks adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical that Paramount will distribute for Christmas, 2007. The delay came as Carrey was coming off the cancellation of “Used Guys,” and watched his subsequent assignment, “A Little Game,” get scrapped. Fox unplugged “Used Guys” because neither the studio nor director Jay Roach were convinced the film would come in on a $105 million budget, and there were no pay-or-play deals with Carrey or Ben Stiller that would have made it prohibitively expensive for Fox to punt. “A Little Game” came unglued when Cameron Diaz exited after reading a rewrite done by director Gabriele Muccino under the supervision of Focus Features topper James Schamus. Muccino ankled, and Carrey followed suit. Oedekerk is repped by WMA.