Steve Carell appears to have taken a vested interest in the screenwriting team Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, authors of the upcoming ensemble comedy Horrible Bosses. Carell is circling the Goldstein/Daley-scripted magic comedy Burt Wonderstone. According to Variety, he has now tapped the duo to script a feature adaptation of the music documentary Of All the Things.
The original film followed Dennis Lambert, a hitmaker in the 1970s and 80s. Now 60 years old and selling real estate in Florida, he lets a Filipino concert producer convince him to tour. Hit the jump for the full synopsis, plus a reminder of what else Carell is attached to.
The synopsis for Jody Lambert’s documentary Of All the Things:
It’s the most unlikely comeback of the year. Dennis Lambert was one of the most successful and diverse songwriter/producers of the 70’s and 80’s, with hits like “Ain’t No Woman Like The One I Got,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Don’t Pull Your Love,” Baby Come Back,” and “Nightshift.” Today, he’s a 60-year-old family man selling real estate in Florida. But it turns out his obscure 1972 solo album Bags and Things is huge – in the Philippines. A Filipino concert promoter has been begging Dennis to tour for decades, and in 2007 he finally agreed. Of All the Things is a hilarious, touching and winning pop/rock/country/R&B documentary that follows Dennis on his whirlwind tour as he rediscovers his passion for music – a two-week adventure that takes him from the comforts of Boca Raton to a sold-out show at Manila’s famous Araneta Coliseum for thousands of fans he never knew he had. Some lives deserve and encore, indeed.
Departing The Office after this season frees up some major room on Carell’s schedule, though he has no intent to leave any nook empty for too long. Over the past several months, Carell has been linked to:
- Mail-Order Groom (where he’ll reunite with Tina Fey)
- Get Smart 2 (which he also wrote)
- Raised by Wolfs
- The Abstinence Teacher
- A Boyfriend for My Wife.
Carell will next be seen in theaters next April in Crazy, Stupid Love alongside Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.