Steve Carell (as the title character), Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin work their magic in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls), the Warner Bros release opens March 13th:
UPDATE: A trade report had Olivia Wilde in negotiations to play the female lead, but I’m told that while this may happen, it hasn’t yet. Judy Greer and Sarah Silverman also made strong impressions, and the filmmakers are waiting to see if Jessica Biel ends up reading for the role. New Line is smartly making the comedy for $30 million, and after Carell and Carrey, that doesn’t leave a fortune for supporting roles. Deadline reported that a short list of actresses were in the mix for the role.
EARLIER, 12:22 PM: New Line wants Steve Buscemi to star opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the Don Scardino-directed comedy Burt Wonderstone. Buscemi has been offered the role of Anton, the longtime Las Vegas magic act partner of Wonderstone (Carell). Their split sends Wonderstone into a crisis and a collision with a rival magician (Carrey) out to steal his thunder. Buscemi hopes to fit Burt Wonderstone into his hiatus from Boardwalk Empire. If the talks work out, he would make the movie and move right into the third season of the superb HBO drama. He’s repped by WME and The Gotham Group.
New Line is zeroing in on the female lead for Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed comedy that will star Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians on the Las Vegas strip. The short list for the female lead right now is Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman and Jessica Biel, I’m told.
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Carrey is negotiating to star with Steve Carell in Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy. Carell plays the title character, a Las Vegas magician who breaks with his longtime stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a rival hip street magician who is stealing his thunder. Carrey is coming off Mr. Popper’s Penguins and I Love You, Philip Morris. The film’s produced by Carell’s Carousel banner. Carrey last made The Number 23 with New Line, but he launched his star there with The Mask and Dumb and Dumber.
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.
The writing team of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley just closed a deal at Warner Bros to script a feature vehicle for Steve Carell based on the 2008 documentary Of All The Things. That film told the story of how songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert achieved rock star status late in life when he went on a singing tour of the Philippines, and discovered he was to Filipinos what Jerry Lewis is to the French. Carell’s Warner Bros-based Carousel is producing with Bryan and Sean Furst. The studio acquired the remake rights, while Submarine is repping the docu’s distribution rights.
It’s the second project the writers are doing for Carell, who’s crafting film vehicles he’ll do after completing his run on The Office. They also wrote Burt Wonderstone, a New Line comedy that has Carell wanting to play a Vegas magician who accidentally kills his performing partner and tries to rebound while taking on a rival illusionist (the studio wants Sacha Baron Cohen for that role, but I’m told it’s unlikely). Of All The Things was directed by Lambert’s son, Jody, and is an affectionate look at a guy who first found success as the songwriter or producer of such memorable tunes as Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got), One Tin Soldier, Rhinestone Cowboy, Night Shift, We Built This City, and Baby Come Back. “After Lennon and McCartney, he had the most hits on the Billboard charts, like around 75 … Read More »