Steve Carell And Jake Johnson To Star In Mob Comedy For Warner Bros.
Steve Carell seems to have no shortage of upcoming feature projects, among which is the follow-up to Despicable Me, as well as the upcoming Lorene Scafaria directed Seeking a Friend For the End of the World. While he’s certainly missed on The Office, his growing list of films will give his fans their fill of the actor, once they begin rolling out. This includes the eventual and much-anticipated Anchorman sequel.
It looks like we’ll be able to add one more anticipated project to Carell’s list of upcoming films. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has purchased a mob comedy pitch, which will be written by Rodney Rothman. Carell is attached to star, and will also produce the project via Carousel Productions. Rothman will also produce through Viking Funeral. Rothman’s writing credits include a few episodes of Judd Apatow’s 2001 TV series Undeclared. He’s also a producer on the upcoming Nicholas Stoller directed comedy The Five Year Engagement, which is produced by Apatow. Max Winkler is on board to direct.
Beyond the “mob comedy” mention, there isn’t much more to go on as far as the premise of this new film, however joining Carell to star is up-and-comer Jake Johnson, who’s bordering one everywhere lately. In addition to starring in New Girl on Fox, he appeared in 21 Jump Street, and has roles in upcoming movies Safety Not Guaranteed, Ass Backwards and The Pretty One. While we’re certainly growing more familiar with Johnson’s face and name, a role opposite Steve Carell will likely give him even more exposure.
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