Carell caroms to bigscreen

'Freaks' exec producer to helm, co-write pic

A correction was made to this article on Apr. 4, 2004.

Steve Carell, a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” is ready for his bigscreen closeup: Universal has acquired a pitch by Carell and Judd Apatow, and Carell will star in the film.

Concept is being closely guarded for now (Apatow describes it as a “middle-aged coming-of-age story”), but the two will co-write the script.

Apatow, executive producer of “Freaks and Geeks,” will produce and helm the pic. Carell will also exec produce.

While best known for his small-screen comedy work, Carell made an appearance as a babbling news anchor in U’s “Bruce Almighty.” He also has small roles as a weatherman in DreamWorks’ “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” which Apatow produced, and as a security guard in MGM’s “Sleepover.”

Universal execs Mary Parent and Holly Bario are overseeing the project; they also oversaw last summer’s “Bruce Almighty.”

Also upcoming from Apatow is Sony’s “Fun With Dick and Jane” remake, which he scripted.

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