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Steve Carell flips Conviction from action drama to action comedy

Nov. 2, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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Life after The Office isn’t so bad for Steve Carell, as he seems to be starring in new films left and right. His next will be BURT WONDERSTONE opposite Jim Carrey, but now he’s got one lined up after that.

CONVICTION was a script from the Black List a few years ago (the list of Hollywood’s best unpublished screenplays), but Warner Bros. bought it for a feature.

The film follows a bank robber in jail for five years, forced to entrap his protégé by the FBI as he tries to pull off a big heist. Yes, the script was originally a drama, but with Carell onboard, the studio is looking to turn it into a comedy. It could work, a-la-48 HOURS, even if the original product was supposed to resemble HEAT.

The question is who might play the young accomplice that Carell is trying to entrap? A comedian (skinny Jonah Hill maybe?) or an actor looking to expand their comedic horizons (Ryan Gosling did so in CRAZY STUPID LOVE with Carell a bit ago). Who might Carell have chemistry with?

Extra Tidbit: Cool plot, but I predict the mentor and the protg secretly pull off the job together, fooling the FBI and getting away clean.
Source: Deadline

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5:21PM on 11/02/2011
So is Carell the robber or the agent. As the agent I could see, the robber I have difficulty seeing it.
It could be interesting, as for costar hire someone against type.
So is Carell the robber or the agent. As the agent I could see, the robber I have difficulty seeing it.
It could be interesting, as for costar hire someone against type.
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5:17PM on 11/02/2011
B.J. Novak from the Office. He seems sort of innocent and shady at the same time. He could pull off slightly goofy criminal who can be serious when necessary.
B.J. Novak from the Office. He seems sort of innocent and shady at the same time. He could pull off slightly goofy criminal who can be serious when necessary.
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1:18AM on 11/03/2011
Ugh B.J. Novak is a terrible actor. I cringe every time he's onscreen in the Office.
Ugh B.J. Novak is a terrible actor. I cringe every time he's onscreen in the Office.
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4:32PM on 11/02/2011
Carrel as a bank robber? Hmmm, very interesting. They're going to have to make him a darker kind of human, though, if they want to pull it off.
Carrel as a bank robber? Hmmm, very interesting. They're going to have to make him a darker kind of human, though, if they want to pull it off.
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3:39PM on 11/02/2011
Please no Jonah Hill...I am so sick of that guy.
Please no Jonah Hill...I am so sick of that guy.
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2:38PM on 11/02/2011
I vote for a straight actor. Something about when you get too many funnymen in the room it can be hard to take things seriously when you need to. Then again, there's the odd case of something like "Cedar Rapids," which had a bunch of comic actors exploring pretty dark teritory (albeit, still somewhat goofy).

But Steve Carell as a veteran bank-robber? This should be interesting.
I vote for a straight actor. Something about when you get too many funnymen in the room it can be hard to take things seriously when you need to. Then again, there's the odd case of something like "Cedar Rapids," which had a bunch of comic actors exploring pretty dark teritory (albeit, still somewhat goofy).

But Steve Carell as a veteran bank-robber? This should be interesting.
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2:37PM on 11/02/2011

Derp

Why change one of the "best unpublished screenplays?" I would love to see Carrell in more serious roles.
Why change one of the "best unpublished screenplays?" I would love to see Carrell in more serious roles.
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4:20PM on 11/02/2011
i agree, he was great in little miss sunshine
i agree, he was great in little miss sunshine
1:57PM on 11/02/2011
I feel like I have yet to see Carrell lack chemistry with any of his co-stars.
I feel like I have yet to see Carrell lack chemistry with any of his co-stars.
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