Steve Carell & Jake Johnson to Lead Mob Comedy from Max Winkler
It's always interesting to see the next generation of Hollywood come from the elder generation. Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, has quite the career, but there's another "Happy Days" offspring making a splash in the film industry as well. Max Winkler, son of The Fonz himself Henry Winkler, made his feature directorial debut with the comedy Ceremony, a film produced by Jason Reitman and starring Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman and more (watch it on Netflix Instant now). Deadline has word that Winkler has lined up his next project in an untitled mob comedy, and it's got a solid cast to start with.
Steve Carell and "New Girl" star Jake Johnson (who also stars in Ceremony) are attached to the Warner Bros. film which is actually based on a pitch by Winkler and Johnson. Plot details were not given with the news, but Carell will also be producing through his Carousel Productions banner, who has been behind "The Office" and more, so this will hopefully be quite the comedy to look forward to down the road. It's been awhile since a straight-up comedy in the world of the mafia was attempted (In Bruges is funny but not a flat out comedy), and the last one that I can recall might be Mickey Blue Eyes or the pair of films Analyze This and Analyze That. They are few and far between, but with Carell and Johnson (who is definitely on the rise with Safety Not Guaranteed coming this summer), count me hopeful for something great. Interested?