×

WB buys script for Carell

Cars' writer Dan Fogelman wrote screenplay for 'Office' star

In a deal worth nearly $2 million against $2.5 million, Warner Bros. has purchased an untitled spec script by “Cars” scribe Dan Fogelman that is a star vehicle for Steve Carell.

Pic will be produced by Carell’s Carousel banner, with Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres producing with Carell.

Final details of the deal were being ironed out late Thursday, but on the last day before the agencies and studios closed for the holidays, WME and Industry Entertainment brokered arguably the biggest spec script sale of the year. It was the first major buy for recently promoted WB exec Greg Silverman.

Script has a tone comparable to “Love Actually.” Carell will play a father whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Industry’s Eryn Brown will co-producer.

Aside from “Cars,” Fogelman wrote the Pixar film “Bolt” as well as “Last Vegas,” which Peter Chelsom will direct early next year for CBS Films, and “My Mother’s Curse,” which Paramount has on fast track for Ann Fletcher (“The Proposal”) to direct and Barbra Streisand to star.

Fogelman wrote the script specifically with Carell in mind, and WB paid a premium for that. Script becomes a candidate for one of two pics Carell will do during his hiatus from “The Office.”

After WB again pushed back “Get Smart 2” for the second year (WB postponed the film last year so Carell could team with Tina Fey on the Fox comedy “Date Night”), Carell is mulling several candidates for his next film, all produced by his Carousel banner. A top contender is “Mail-Order Groom,” hatched by Fey’s husband, “30 Rock” producer-composer Jeff Richmond, and written by “30 Rock” co-exec producer Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri. Carousel will produce with Fey’s Little Stranger shingle.

Fey would play a single woman who searches for a husband through a service that sends her a peculiar Russian suitor (Carell). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are rewriting.

Aside from “Date Night,” Carell plays the lead voice in the Universal/Illumination animated film “Despicable Me” and stars with Paul Rudd in Paramount/DreamWorks comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” which opens July 23.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Ken Shimura

    Ken Shimura Japanese Comedian Dies of Coronavirus Age 70

    Ken Shimura, a comedian who was a fixture on Japanese television for decades, died on Sunday evening from the coronavirus, the Japanese media reported Monday. He was 70, and immediately before his illness had been set for his first starring role in a feature film. Shimura entered a Tokyo hospital on March 20 with fever [...]

  • Gerard Schurmann, Film and TV Composer,

    Gerard Schurmann, Film and TV Composer, Dies at 96

    Gerard Schurmann, whose 1960s film scores included “The Bedford Incident” and “Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow” but who also composed extensively for the concert hall, died March 24 at his home in the Hollywood Hills. The cause of death was not announced; he was 96. Schurmann’s death was announced by his music publisher, Novello & [...]

  • Rita And Tom Hanks Coronavirus

    Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Return to U.S. After Coronavirus Diagnosis in Australia

    Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back home in the U.S. after they revealed they had contracted coronavirus and were quarantined in Australia. Hanks gave an update on Twitter Saturday morning, thanking everyone who had helped them in Australia and assuring people that they are still isolating themselves in the U.S. “Hey, folks…We’re home now [...]

  • Film Comment Magazine Goes on Hiatus

    Film Comment Magazine to Go on Hiatus as Film at Lincoln Center Lays Off Half of Staff

    Many companies are being financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Film at Lincoln Center is the latest organization to have to lay off employees and pause some of their operations. On Friday, executive director Lesli Klainberg released a memo announcing that the center had to furlough or lay off about half of its [...]

  • "Birds of Prey" egg sandwich

    'Birds of Prey' Actor Bruno Oliver Recreates Harley Quinn's Famous Sandwich

    When actor Bruno Oliver booked the role of short order cook Sal in “Birds of Prey: (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” he had no idea how significant Sal and his breakfast sandwich were to the story. “You couldn’t tell from the audition necessarily and as actors, we always worry about our scenes [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content