Universal acquires comedy out of turnaround from Warner Bros.
Bob Cooper are attached to produce through their Carousel Productions, Sparkler Entertainment and Landscape Entertainment shingles, respectively. Phil Alden Robinson, whose credits include “Field of Dreams” and “The Sum of All Fears,” is attached to write. The logline on the project hasn’t been disclosed, but it’s believed to be similar in tone to “Stakeout” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Universal creative executive Kiska Higgs will oversee for the studio. Carell will be seen next in Warner comedy “Crazy, Stupid Love,” which he’s producing through Warner-based Carousel. He’s also producing and starring in magician comedy “Burt Wonderstone” for New Line. Cooper’s most recent producing credits are on “John Tucker Must Die” and “Mr. Woodcock.” Segars has a story credit and exec produced both “National Treasure” movies. Robinson is represented by WME and attorney Ken Browning. Cooper is represented by Jake Bloom and Ralph Brescia of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman. Carell is represented by WME, manager Steve Sauer of Media Four and attorneys Sam Fischer and Bryan Wolf of Ziffrern Brittenham.