Exclusive: Steve Carell Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' Loses its Director
by Ethan Anderton
April 5, 2011
Back in February we learned that Steve Carell and his developing magician-centric comedy Burt Wonderstone had found a director in TV helmer Charles McDougall. However, a reliable source has informed us that negotiations between the director and New Line have broken down and now a new helmer is being sought. If you haven't heard, the story follows rival Las Vegas magicians where Carell plays a magic man dethroned by a younger, hipper illusionist and then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic. So who would be a good choice to sit in the director's chair for this promising comedy? Find out my replacement choice below.
Personally, I want to make a push for Jim Field Smith. The guy didn't get nearly as much credit as he deserved for delivering a wholly underrated comedy last year with She's Out of My League. In addition, he already has his next film under his belt, the promising Midwest satire Butter starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde and more. It's a shame that McDougall couldn't work out a deal for the film (especially since he's already worked with Carell on "The Office"), but that's Hollywood for you. Time for the next director to step up to the plate and make this happen. Thoughts?