Universal hires ''Yes Men' scribes to pen follow-up to 2003 comedy

Universal wants to bring back “Bruce Almighty.”

The studio is in talks with the scripting team of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Yes Men”) to write a followup to the 2003 hit “Bruce Almighty.”

VP of production Kristin Lowe will oversee the project.

Project’s being developed as a starring vehice with “Bruce Almighty” star Jim Carrey in mind. Carrey starred as TV reporter given the chance to be God for a week after complaining to God about a rival co-worker, portrayed by Steve Carell, being promoted to the anchor slot.

“Bruce” grossed nearly $500 million worldwide and led to 2007’s “Evan Almighty,” with Carell in a spinoff as a freshman Congressman told by God to emulate Noah and build an ark. “Evan” was far less successful, with worldwide grosses of about $175 million. Tom Shadyac directed both “Bruce” and “Evan.”

Paul and Mogel are represented by UTA, managers Paul Young and Allen Fischer of Principato/Young Management and attorney P.J. Shapiro of Ziffren Brittenham.

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