Comedy Impact Report '08: Bigscreen Big Shots

A former improv teacher, Steve Carell hasn’t had a master plan for his career. So, when 2008 started with his acclaimed NBC comedy series “The Office” idling due to the writers strike, he couldn’t have foreseen that by the end of the year he’d be a budding mogul with a new company, Carousel Prods., and a three-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Along the way, the strike ended, “The Office” returned, and Carell earned his third straight Emmy nomination for playing primetime’s most devoted, albeit dense, boss (notching a third Globe nod in the process). At the movies, his new take on Don Adams’ old bumbling spy led “Get Smart” to a $130 million domestic gross (earning another $100 million overseas).

Now, with another “Office” season under way, Carell mulls his next bigscreen move. The possibilities include a “Get Smart” sequel and a comedy about the Napoleonic Wars (“The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard”) for Media Rights Capital.

“There’s lots of possibilities right now,” Carell says. “I stop short of being too grandiose in terms of any lofty aspirations. We just want to make movies that we’re proud to be a part of.”

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