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Universal Picks Up Rights to Adapt 'Lunatics' for Steve Carell to Lead

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November 10, 2011
Source: Deadline

Steve Carell / Lunatics

Another day, another project for Steve Carell who seems to be in popular demand in the film world now that he's all finished with "The Office." Deadline has word that Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's novel Lunatics as a starring vehicle for Carell which the actor will also produce through his Carousel production company. The book, which is set to be published on January 10, 2012 (you can pre-order it right here), follows a couple of soccer dads in New Jersey who get into a minor scuffle that somehow escalates into an Earth-shattering event that sounds more than a little outrageous.

Here's the official synopsis of the forthcoming book which the authors will adapt themselves:

Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Yeah, that sounds pretty ridiculous, but I can easily see someone like Carell making this work as Philip. The actor is already going to face off with Jim Carrey in Burt Wonderstone, so who might Universal get to star opposite him in this comedy? Will Ferrell would be fun, but he's already done the over-the-top soccer dad bit with Kicking & Screaming. I'd like to think outside of the box of regular comedy actors and suggest Philip Seymour Hoffman, who dabbles in comedies every now and then, to take the other role. Carell and Hoffman going head-to-head would be great, but it's just a thought. Any other suggestions?

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