Steve Carell to produce, star in romantic comedy remake
Warner Bros. is seeking “A Boyfriend for My Wife,” setting up a remake of the 2008 Argentine romantic comedy with Steve Carell’s Carousel Prods. as a starring vehicle for the actor.
Carell will produce along with Christine Peters (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”) and Michael Cerenzie. Grace Ledding is co-producing, and Carousel’s Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres are exec producing.
Warners has tapped the writing team of Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin (“Snow Dogs”) to adapt.
In the original film, “Un novio para mi mujer,” a timid husband believes the only way out of his stifling marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, so he enlists the help of a legendary yet unlikely Lothario.
Directed by Juan Taratuto, it was Argentina’s leading homegrown pic in 2008.
Carell produced and starred in Warner’s marital comedy “Crazy, Stupid Love” via WB-based Carousel with Hartsock and DeGeneres. “Love,” directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, opens April 22.
Gibson and Halprin also wrote “The Wild” for Disney and “The Wee McGinty” for Summit. Gibson was recently tapped by Stray Cats Prods. to adapt Tripp Bowden’s golf memoir “Freddie and Me.”
Carell’s represented by WME. Gibson & Halprin are repped by WME and manager Brian Lutz.