Requa, Ficarra to helm Carell comedy

'Phillip Morris' directing duo set for

Warner Bros. is in negotiations with the directing team of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) to helm its untitled Steve Carell comedy.

Carell will play a father whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.

Move comes a month after the studio purchased the spec script by “Bolt” scribe Dan Fogelman for $2 million against $2.5 million as a star vehicle for Carell. Pic’s produced by Denise Di Novi and Carell’s Carousel banner, with Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres exec producing.

Requa and Ficarra directed “I Love You Phillip Morris” from their own script, adapted from Steven McVicker’s novel. “Morris” features Carrey as a married conman who falls in love with his cellmate, played by Ewan McGregor; Consolidated Pictures Group has set a March 26 release.

The duo also wrote “Bad Santa,” “Bad News Bears” and “Cats and Dogs.” At Universal, Requa and Ficarra are attached to direct “Pharm Girl,” which they wrote, with Reese Witherspoon starring.

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