Jim Carrey is set to breathe new life into Summit’s long-developing comedy Ricky Stanicky. The film was initially written by Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and begins when three teens pull a prank by burning down a house in their neighborhood. The kids create a fake person to take the blame—“Ricky Stanicky”—and 20 years later are still using the alibi to get out of every uncomfortable situation. When their wives finally force them to set up a meeting with Stanicky, they hire an actor to inhabit the personality. Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) recently came onboard to re-write and direct the film, and the ensemble comedy is said to be in the same R-rated vein as The Hangover.
Hit the jump for more on the project, including details regarding Carrey’s casting.
James Franco was previously attached to play the Stanicky role in 2010 and Joaquin Phoenix subsequently circled the part, but now THR reports that Carrey has signed on to lead the pic. Michael De Luca and Smart Entertainment’s John Jacobs are producing, and filming on the pic is looking to begin this summer. Oedekirk has a long history with Carrey, as he served as a writer on the sketch comedy series In Living Color before penning films like Bruce Almighty and Patch Adams.
Carrey is coming off of strong work in the Warner Bros. comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which marked a return to the delightfully twisted characters from the actor’s early career. He will next be seen this summer in the sequel Kick-Ass 2 and is also mulling over the highly anticipated follow-up Dumb and Dumber To, though that project has yet to receive an official greenlight.