'Philip Morris' Directors to Helm Untitled Steve Carell Project
by Ethan Anderton
January 26, 2010
Back in December, we heard about Warner Brothers big $2 million purchase of an untitled spec script from writer Dan Fogelman (Cars, Fred Claus, Bolt) that was written as a dramatic vehicle for Steve Carell. Now Variety says WB has hired I Love You Philip Morris directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to helm the project. If you don't recall, the film, which shares shades of the Alan Rickman/Emma Thompson portion of Love Actually, focuses on a father (Carell) whose life begins to unravel while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. For $2 million, that better be one hell of a crisis.
At the time it was announced, the project was initially added to the huge list of films Carell must choose from to take on during his hiatus this spring/summer from NBC''s "The Office." While this doesn't solidify his choice (it's only stating that they've hired directors), I'd say since WB forked over so much cash, and the script was written specifically for Carell, that this seems the most likely candidate to occupy his off-season this year. No word on any other casting yet, but with directors on board, things should be moving quicker. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, watch the trailer for Requa & Ficarra's I Love You Philip Morris.