Jim Carrey Robbing 'Loomis Fargo' for 'Napoleon Dynamite' Director
After launching the career of Jon Heder in Napoleon Dynamite (even if it sputtered out after a couple years), director Jared Hess might be able to help give Jim Carrey a career boost. The once thriving funnyman of the 90s has struggled to find greatness lately. Though he might return to glory with a Dumb & Dumber sequel and his role in Kick-Ass 2 sounds very promising, Variety reports he's also in talks to lead Loomis Fargo, a bank heist comedy developing at Paramount that is based on a true story. The good news is that "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels is producing and the writers aren't bad either.
The original script comes from Emily Spivey (an "SNL" writer and creator of NBC's comedy "Up All Night"), and then Jody Hill and Danny McBride rewrote it. Now the latest draft comes from Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer, who recently co-wrote a couple episodes of the Napoleon Dynamite animated series. And now we've come full circle. The fact that Hess is working from a script that he didn't write himself is good news. Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos had their moments, but mostly landed with a thud, and his quirky characters in rural settings just don't seem to work as well anymore.
The story follows four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck. Carrey would play Dave Ghantt, a military veteran and night guard at the armored car company Loomis Fargo, who served as the ringleader of the band of thieves. At least it sounds better than his last crime comedy Fun with Dick and Jane. As someone who grew up idolizing Carrey's talents, I'm hoping we're on the verge of a return in his greatness on the big screen.