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Sacha Baron Cohen has been attached to the DreamWorks comedy DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS since 2003 but now, as the project finally looks to hit the fasttrack, he may be excusing himself from the table. Variety is reporting that Steve Carell is in talks to replace Cohen in the film who is leaving for unknown (at least to us) reasons. DreamWorks has placed SCHMUCKS at the top of a shortlist of movies that they're looking to get into production ASAP. Jay Roach, who had been developing SCHMUCKS with Cohen, is also in talks to officially sign on to direct the film. SCHMUCKS is a remake of the French comedy LE DINER DE CONS about a dinner party where each of the attendees is challenged to bring the most obnoxious dinner guest possible. DreamWorks first picked up the remake rights to the film 10 years ago and has been struggling to make it ever since. It was expected to be Cohen's follow-up to BRUNO but it now seems like that won't happen (Cohen hasn't formally signed on for a post-BRUNO film). Carell has a number of films in the works including DATE NIGHT with Tina Fey and THE BEAVER. Roach hasn't directed a theatrical film since 2004's MEET THE FOCKERS.

Extra Tidbit: SCHMUCKS was rewritten by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul who have worked with Carell on HORTON HEARS A WHO and the upcoming DESPICABLE ME.
Source: Variety

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12:53PM on 11/14/2008
or maybe Brad Pitt would be better than Tom Cruise, thinking about it
or maybe Brad Pitt would be better than Tom Cruise, thinking about it
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12:48PM on 11/14/2008
I love Le Dīner des Cons, it's one of the funniest movies ever. I am actually excited for an American remake, if done right, mostly because I feel that most Americans don't understand French and it's a shame that more people don't appreciate this film. This remake will at least give it more light.

As for the casting change, I am happy. While I love Cohen, I feel Carrell is much more appropriate as the 'con' than Cohen, I see him playing it just right. Hopefully this will be as good as I am
I love Le Dīner des Cons, it's one of the funniest movies ever. I am actually excited for an American remake, if done right, mostly because I feel that most Americans don't understand French and it's a shame that more people don't appreciate this film. This remake will at least give it more light.

As for the casting change, I am happy. While I love Cohen, I feel Carrell is much more appropriate as the 'con' than Cohen, I see him playing it just right. Hopefully this will be as good as I am hoping for. Now, they need to cast Tom Cruise in Tierry Lermitte's role of the guy inviting the schmuck.
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10:33AM on 11/14/2008
I'm a huge fan of the original, and although I I'm not against the idea of it being Americanized, I am concerned. I don't think Cohen or Carell are suitable for the "schmuck" role. We'll see how it pans out.
I'm a huge fan of the original, and although I I'm not against the idea of it being Americanized, I am concerned. I don't think Cohen or Carell are suitable for the "schmuck" role. We'll see how it pans out.
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10:24AM on 11/14/2008
You cannot really translate "con" by obnoxious. It means a stupid, simple-minded person. I guess Carell can play that sort of part.
You cannot really translate "con" by obnoxious. It means a stupid, simple-minded person. I guess Carell can play that sort of part.
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9:16AM on 11/14/2008
Le Dīner de Con is one of the funniest movie ever made. I dont know how a remake will turn out.
Le Dīner de Con is one of the funniest movie ever made. I dont know how a remake will turn out.
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