Actor looking to topline Fox comedy

Jim Carrey is looking to become a house husband in comedy “Me Time” for 20th Century Fox.

Principato-Young is producing with Carrey. Fox picked up the spec script from writing duo Ian Roberts and Jay Martel to develop into a feature for Carrey to topline.

Story revolves around a writer penning a book about his great-great-grandmother, a frontier woman. When his pregnant wife has to go on bed rest, leaving him to care for the house and their other child, his confidence is shaken as he reads his ancestor’s diary, in which she describes raising a family, plowing the fields and taming the wild environs.

Carrey is coming off New Line’s “The Number 23,” which has fizzled at the domestic B.O. with $35 million.

Last year, two Carrey projects were shelved over budget concerns, “Used Guys” at Fox and Sony and “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” at Paramount. Then he voluntarily pulled himself out of Focus Features’ “A Little Game” weeks before it was set to start shooting. (Cameron Diaz pulled out at the same time.)

“Ripley’s,” however, is back on track, with Carrey and director Tim Burton aboard again. Par decided to resurrect the project and hired scribe Steve Oedekerk to rewrite the script. Oedekerk’s take is due to be delivered in the next couple of weeks.

Along with Carrey, producers on “Me Time” are Peter Principato and Paul Young, whose company has a first-look deal with Fox and also reps Roberts and Martel. Principato-Young’s Allen Fischer is exec producing.

Other upcoming Principato-Young projects include “Space Invader” at Fox Atomic, “Man Wedding” at Regency and “The Ambassador” at DreamWorks.

Martel and Roberts have scripts set up at several other studios, including “Air Guitar” at DreamWorks.

Carrey and Jay Martel are repped by CAA, Roberts by Endeavor.

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