The international comedy Pierre Pierre has been in limbo for a long time. Even when we reported back in 2010 that Larry Charles signed on to direct Jim Carrey in the medium-concept feature, the script had been in development for two years … and then it continued to sit on the shelf waiting for something to happen. That “something” appears to be happening now.

Foresight Unlimited, Mandalay Vision and Lago Films have given the film “a new lease of life” according to Screen Daily by closing a number of pre-sale global deals in major markets such as Russia, Hong Kong, Latin America, Portugal and Iceland. With this crucial financing in place, the project can eye a Summer 2012 start of production, with multiple scenes reportedly set to be shot in Germany.

Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton penned the Pierre script, which imagines Carrey as “a self-indulgent French nihilist” who steals the Mona Lisa and tries to sell it in London. His plan is to use the money to finally move out of his parents’ house. Awesome.

Back in the day, producers had the comedy’s budget set at $20M, though SD reports that the number has been bumped to around $30M so that they can lure a strong supporting cast. That’s great. Carrey’s always better when he has a dominant personality to play off of, which is part of the reason why I’m anxious to see Burt Wonderstone. What about you, though? Do you have any interest in seeing Carrey broadly project as a French loser boosting classic artwork? Or do you want to wait and see who producers get to star alongside him?

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