Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Don Scardino to make his feature debut directing Steve Carell in Burt Wonderstone, the comedy that will begin production in October in Los Angeles. Carell plays a magic man dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic. Scardino is best known for directing the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

The script was written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of another New Line comedy, Horrible Bosses, with story by Tyler Mitchell and Chad Kultgen. Carell and his Carousel partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock are producing with Mitchell, Chris Bender and JC Spink.

Now that Scardino is in the fold, they will quickly set the rival magician.

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