The film’s script, written by Jonathan Herman, was bought by Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures in 2009 as a drama but has been stalled ever since. Unfortunately for Herman, the studios have decided to rewrite his original screenplay and turn it into an action comedy to better suit Carell (sounds like an episode of “Entourage”). It is now going to have a tone more similar to “48 Hours” and “Ocean’s Eleven.”
The movie is centered around a mastermind bank robber, to be played by Carell, who serves five years in prison following a badly carried out heist and is subsequently forced by an FBI agent to set up his protege as he pulls of a multimillion dollar job.
Carell, who recently ended a seven-season run on NBC’s “The Office,” has had a roller coaster film career since he first made a hilarious splash in 2005 as the “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Andy. Funny flops including “Dinner for Schmucks” and “Evan Almighty” have come in stride with great successes like “Date Night” and his most recent triumph, “Crazy Stupid Love.” Hopefully for Carell, “Conviction” will be a extension of his comedic genius and witty charm on the silver screen.
Check out Carell in “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” here:
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