Steve Carell Will Lose The Lottery In Disney Comedy

By Kristy Puchko 2012-12-03 08:46:46discussion comments
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Do you ever feel like you must be the unluckiest person in the world? Well, then you would probably relate on some level to the plight of one poor schmuck in Spain who was the only member of his very small town to not win the lottery. While his neighbors celebrating an auspicious win that netted them $950 million, he was the lone loser. It's a story so sad that it's pretty hysterical, so Disney is developing the premise into a new unnamed comedy.

The Wrap reports Martin Hynes, who is developing the cerebral drama Imagining Nathan at the House of Mouse, has been hired to draft the screenplay based on the New York Times article by Suzanne Daley, titled, "In Spanish Village, Everyone’s a Winner, Almost.” For the role of this unlucky lotto loser, Disney has lined up Steve Carell, who has made an art of play lovable losers and awkward everymen within productions like The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Disney is doubling down with the comedy star, as they've also recently acquired the Carell vehicle Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which had rolled into turnaround over at Fox. Reportedly—and thankfully—director Lisa Cholodenko is also still attached to the adaptation of Judith Viorst's beloved children's book. Funny enough, this film also centers on a guy with no luck whatsoever. Little Alexander wakes up one morning to find gum in his hair, and the day just gets worse from there. There's no word yet on when either of these features might roll into production, but with Carell on board playing their losers, these comedies seem destined to be winners.
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