Steve Carell’s ‘Burt’ lures director

Charles McDougall in talks to helm New Line's magician comedy

TV director Charles McDougall is in talks to direct Steve Carell’s magician comedy “Burt Wonderstone” for New Line.

Project’s been in development at New Line since 2006 when it bought Chad Kultgen’s spec, then titled “Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth.”

“Burt” is set in the world of rival Las Vegas magicians in which a seasoned pro is dethroned by a new illusionist and seeks to reclaim his previous fame.

The writing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein penned the most recent draft.

Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Tyler Mitchell and Carell are producing. Carell’s producing via his Warner-based Carousel banner.

McDougall won an Emmy for directing “Desperate Housewives” and he directed Carell in five episodes of “The Office” in 2005. Other TV credits include “Queer as Folk,” “Big Love,” “Sex and the City,” “Good Behavior” and “The Tudors.”

McDougall’s repped by WME.

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