Actor to star in Warner Bros. comedy
Jim Carrey has said yes to “Yes Man,” putting the Warner Bros. comedy first on his busy schedule, which has been amped up since his move to CAA.
Based on a memoir by British author Danny Wallace, “Yes Man” casts Carrey as a guy who aims to change his life by saying yes to absolutely everything that comes his way.
Carrey will follow “Yes Man” early next year with Disney’s Robert Zemeckis-directed performance-capture pic “A Christmas Carol.” Carrey expects to make one more film before June, when Hollywood faces a possible labor stoppage.
He has plenty of choices for that third film. Last month, Universal Pictures set Carrey to star in the laffer “Sober Buddies.” Carrey will produce with Stuber/Parent’s Scott Stuber and Mary Parent and Michael Peyser. Andrew Kurtzman is writing the script.
Also on his slate is the dark indie comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris,” to be directed by “Bad Santa” writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and Paramount’s “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” with Tim Burton attached to direct. “Ripley’s,” which was shelved last year and then revived, seems too logistically complex to fit in before June.
Carrey is also circling 20th Century Fox comedy “Me Time,” pending a rewrite.
The “Yes Man” script, by Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the Carrey starrer “Fun With Dick and Jane,” will get a rewrite. Peyton Reed directs the pic, which begins production in October. David Heyman and Richard Zanuck produce.
Carrey is completing Fox Animation and Blue Sky’s animated film based on “Horton Hears a Who,” in which he provides Horton’s voice.
Last year, Fox pulled the plug on “Used Guys,” the comedy that had Carrey and Ben Stiller ready to star, when director Jay Roach realized he couldn’t make it for the studio’s firm $105 million budget. Carrey then exited the low-budget Focus Features film “A Little Game,” right after co-star Cameron Diaz dropped out because of her displeasure with a rewrite by director Gabriele Muccino, who then ankled. All of this happened weeks before production. “The Game” is being reformulated with Ang Lee directing and James Schamus writing.
Carrey is managed by Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller.