Steve Carell Will Produce and Star in Retooled Heist Film 'Conviction'

November 1, 2011
Source: Deadline

Steve Carell

The next round of comedy featuring Steve Carell will have him playing the title role of Burt Wonderstone, and facing off against Bruce Almighty co-star Jim Carrey. Now Deadline has word on another action comedy to follow his turns in films like Date Night and Get Smart. The actor is attached to not only star in but also produce Conviction, a film written by Jonathan Herman which made the Black List before it was picked up by Warner Bros. two years ago. The original script was a heist project along the lines of a drama like Heat, but now the film is turning into something like the action comedy 48 Hrs from 1982. More below!

The story follows a mastermind bank robber who serves five years in prison following a botched heist who is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege as the upstart pulls off a multimillion-dollar job. While it would've been nice to have another heist film that measures up to the quality of a film like Heat, a comedy with this story could turn out to be just as satisfying. 48 Hrs. delivered a strong comedic punch with the team of Eddie Murphy (when he used to be funny) and Nick Nolte, so hopefully the studio can get someone great to work with Carell too. Honestly, after having great chemistry with Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love, it'd be nice to see them both an action comedy like this, but I don't think it's in the cards.

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