Steve Carell is certainly keeping himself busy after leaving NBC’s The Office. Deadline reports that the actor is now attached to produce and star in the heist film Conviction. The script, which landed on the Black List, was written by Jonathan Herman and centers on an imprisoned master bank robber who is forced by the FBI to entrap his protégé who is planning a multimillion dollar job. Warner Bros. picked up the project two years ago and was developing it as a drama in the vein of Heat, but it stalled. The film will now be reworked as an action comedy more along the lines of 48 Hours and Ocean’s Eleven. Carell is producing alongside Joel Silver.
The Office actor is involved in a number of developing projects at the moment. He’ll next shoot the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey, he’s in talks to star in Charlie Kaufman’s next pic Frank or Francis alongside Nicolas Cage and Jack Black, and he’s also set for a darkly dramatic turn in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, based on the true story of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont.