Steve Carell to play ‘Brigadier Gerard’

MRC comedy set during Napoleonic Wars

Steve Carell is attached to play the title character in “The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard,” a comedy set during the Napoleonic Wars that Media Rights Capital is mobilizing for a spring 2009 production start.

Script was written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (“Blades of Glory”).

Pic is among several films that Carell is considering; he plans to star in one or two films during his hiatus after shooting the fifth season of NBC sitcom “The Office.”

Carell will play the title character, the bravest soldier in Napoleon’s army and also the dumbest. Gerard follows Napoleon from his rise to power to his permanent exile. The comedy is based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Pic will be produced by Altschuler and exec produced by Mike Judge and Krinsky, both of whom are partners with Altschuler in Ternion, a production company that has a deal with MRC. Ternion just wrapped the MRC-financed, Judge-directed comedy “Extract,” which will be distributed by Miramax. Altschuler and Krinsky created and are exec producers on ABC’s “The Goode Family.”

Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally also will exec produce “Brigadier Gerard.”

Other Carell hiatus pic candidates include a “Get Smart” sequel that is being scripted for Warner Bros. by original writers Tom Astle and Matt Ember, and a pairing with Tina Fey in “Date Night,” a film that Shawn Levy will direct at Fox. Carell also just formed Carousel Prods., a shingle that will develop comedies at WB.

He’s repped by Endeavor and Media Four.