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Universal Pictures Acquires Novel ‘Lunatics’ As Star Vehicle For Steve Carell

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 6:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel Lunatics, with Steve Carell attached to star. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy of Stuber Pictures and Carell and his Carousel partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock.

The Barry-Zweibel collaboration is two New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud escalates to create worldwide consequences, and leave them running for their lives. Barry and Zweibel will adapt their novel, which will be published by Putnam in January. Carell will play Philip Horkman, the owner of a pet store who refs kids soccer games on Sundays, and there he meets an irate soccer dad who triggers the misadventures. Carell, who’s repped by WME and Media Four, will start filming Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey in January for New Line and Warner Bros. Zweibel, who’s writing an HBO comedy pilot vehicle for Penny Marshall, was repped by Paradigm, and CAA reps Barry. Their lit agent is Writer’s House.

Stuber is readying the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds drama Safe House, and also wrapped Battleship, and the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted and is currently producing the Keanu Reeves-starrer 47 Ronin.

 

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Steve Carell To Mastermind Silver Pictures Heist Script ‘Conviction’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Carell is attached to star in and produce Conviction, a heist film that was bought as a spec script two years ago by Warner Bros and Silver Pictures. The script by Jonathan Herman, which made the Black List, follows a mastermind bank robber who serves five years in prison following a botched heist who is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege as the upstart pulls off a multimillion-dollar job. The original script had a Heat tone, but it stalled. It is being turned into an action comedy with a tone similar to 48 Hours and Ocean’s Eleven, with Carell at its center. Joel Silver, who has had success with this kind of thing with 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon, will produce the film with Carell and Silver Pictures head Andrew Rona. Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman will be executive producer with Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock, who run Carell’s Warner Bros-based Carousel banner. They will set a writer to redraft the project. Carell’s repped by WME and Media Four.

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