A few release dates for all you calendar-owners:
- This Is the End – The apocalyptic comedy starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride will now open on Wednesday, June 12—two days earlier than the planned June 14 release.
- Kon-Tiki – The Norwegian film will follow up a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination with an April 26 release in the U.S.
- Mail-Order Groom - Tina Fey and Steve Carell signed up for a Date Night reunion, but because of scheduling conflicts, they will postpone production and wait until 2014 to find the time to shoot it.
More on each project after the break.
Steve Carell has added yet another movie to his slate as his tenure on The Office winds to a close. Risky Business reports that Carell is attached to star in and produce the comedy Raised by Wolfs. Nothing is known about the plot, but the name suggests that it’s about a person being raised by people named “Wolf”. I would hope it’s about a young orphan being raised by distinctive-yet-brainless news anchors, but it’s already been done.
Carell is set to leave The Office at the end of the upcoming season. He’s already having a great year with Date Night, Despicable Me being a surprise hit and he has Dinner for Schmucks coming out in a few days. He’s also got the comedy Crazy Stupid Love with Ryan Gosling set for April 22, 2010. As for other upcoming projects, he’s producing Missing Links, and is attached to star in Mail-Order Groom (where he’ll reunite with Tina Fey), Get Smart 2 (which he also wrote) and Hi-T.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. is betting big on Steve Carell and Cars writer Dan Fogelman. The studio has just paid $2 million against $2.5 million for an untitled spec script by Fogelman with the intention of having Steve Carell star in it. Oddly enough, the film doesn’t sound like an expensive movie nor does it seem like it’s the kind of movie Carell typically stars in. According to Variety, “Script has a tone comparable to ‘Love Actually.’ Carell will play a father whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.” I guess WB really, really like Dan in Real Life.
Fogelman wrote the script specifically with Carell in mind but there’s only a 50-50 shot Carell will do the film during his hiatus from The Office. The other film is one we reported on a couple days ago called Mail-Order Groom which would reunite Carell with Date Night co-star Tina Fey. Unlike Fogelman’s spec, Groom, which is about a woman who orders a husband from Eastern Europe, sounds a lot more like a Steve Carell movie. Sadly, it looks like Get Smart 2 is not in the running and WB will have to push the film back another year. Missed it by that much.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell are tentatively set to co-star in Mail-Order Groom — a comedy about a desperate woman who orders a husband from Eastern Europe –which will be co-produced by their respective companies, Little Stranger and Carousel Productions. Fey and Carell will first be seen together in Shawn Levy’s Date Night, which hits theaters on April 9, 2010. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the concept for Mail-Order Groom comes from Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, and the script is currently going through rewrites by Glenn Ficarra and John Requathe (Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris).
Fey and Carell are two of the funniest people in television today, so I think the more they do together the better, but don’t be surprised if either or both names get dropped from the project. They both have successful shows on NBC, and their schedules are backed up due to Date Night publicity, so it may be tough to find the time. However, even if they choose not to star, presumably they’ll stay on in a producing capacity.