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Steve Carell seeks Keira Knightley as his friend for the end of the world

03.31.2011

What will Michael Scott, er...Steve Carell do after his run on THE OFFICE ends?

Deadline says that he will be accompanied by Keira Knightley in SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. Lorene Scafaria will be the helmer on this as well as the screenwriter. Scafaria wrote the script for NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST and has also penned a few episodes of Adult Swim's CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. This will be her first time behind the camera.

The film, "takes place at a time when a giant asteroid heads toward earth, almost certain to destroy the planet. Carell plays a man suddenly alone when his wife leaves. His high school sweetheart writes him saying she wants to be with him when the world stops. His neighbor (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip as love blooms at the worst possible time.

Sounds interesting enough. But would you really travel to meet the high school sweetheart if Knightley was right there? My thing is, the high school sweetheart didn't realize she wanted to be with him until the world's end? Bitch, you didn't want me before, I'm not wasting all my gas money on this shit. They probably wouldn't even have enough time to get it on anyway.

Extra Tidbit: Before Carell's departure on THE OFFICE, the writing wasn't so hot. In fact, I started growing disinterested before the end of season 4. Regardless I still kept watching for all the little moments. So when it was announced that this would be the final season for Carell, the writing got better. Will it be as strong when he leaves?
Source: Deadline

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12:38PM on 04/02/2011

Let me guess...

The asteroid is a near miss at the end of the movie.
The asteroid is a near miss at the end of the movie.
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11:52AM on 04/01/2011
This actually sounds pretty good.
This actually sounds pretty good.
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3:56AM on 04/01/2011
I have to agree with JohnnyDrama below. Some episodes and seasons of The Office are more amazing than others, but there have only been maybe one or two eps that I haven't wanted to watch multiple times. I have myself a marathon every few months and watch through the whole series.
I have to agree with JohnnyDrama below. Some episodes and seasons of The Office are more amazing than others, but there have only been maybe one or two eps that I haven't wanted to watch multiple times. I have myself a marathon every few months and watch through the whole series.
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1:05AM on 04/01/2011
If I were Steve Carell's age, I very well might not think of Keira Knightley as an obvious romantic counterpart even at the end of days. And yeah, I might want to reconnect with someone who I'd been thinking about. Of course sex would be preferable. I like that this has nothing to do with how they're gonna save the world. Tell a good, somber, End of Days story, and Carell knows how to play distraught people with just that right amount of human comedy. I'm already looking forward to this one.
If I were Steve Carell's age, I very well might not think of Keira Knightley as an obvious romantic counterpart even at the end of days. And yeah, I might want to reconnect with someone who I'd been thinking about. Of course sex would be preferable. I like that this has nothing to do with how they're gonna save the world. Tell a good, somber, End of Days story, and Carell knows how to play distraught people with just that right amount of human comedy. I'm already looking forward to this one.
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11:46PM on 03/31/2011

Movie sounds good!

As for the tidbit, I've loved every season of the office. Some episodes are better than others for sure but i wouldnt say it's gone down hill. I do think once michael leaves it should end. Its been great and should know when to go out.
As for the tidbit, I've loved every season of the office. Some episodes are better than others for sure but i wouldnt say it's gone down hill. I do think once michael leaves it should end. Its been great and should know when to go out.
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11:42PM on 03/31/2011

yup

I'm in.
I'm in.
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9:40PM on 03/31/2011
If the world was ending and Keira was my neighbor, I would not leave mine/her apartment until the world blew up. No girl is worth traveling for when a goddess is right next door.
If the world was ending and Keira was my neighbor, I would not leave mine/her apartment until the world blew up. No girl is worth traveling for when a goddess is right next door.
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9:04PM on 03/31/2011
The Office went downhill after Jim and Pam got together. We wanted to see it happen, but now that it has the writers really don't know what to do those characters. In a way, they're just repeating the same story with Andy and Erin. Carrell leaving is the least of their problems. I was a huge fan of the show, but I think it's run its course.
The Office went downhill after Jim and Pam got together. We wanted to see it happen, but now that it has the writers really don't know what to do those characters. In a way, they're just repeating the same story with Andy and Erin. Carrell leaving is the least of their problems. I was a huge fan of the show, but I think it's run its course.
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8:37PM on 03/31/2011

Yeah?

Aboout time Keira Knightley tried comedy and this road movie/end of the world shit sounds intersting enough. Count me in
Aboout time Keira Knightley tried comedy and this road movie/end of the world shit sounds intersting enough. Count me in
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8:22PM on 03/31/2011

Lorene Scafaria!

It seems like decades ago when I saw her in "Big Helium Dog". All congratulations are well-deserved.
It seems like decades ago when I saw her in "Big Helium Dog". All congratulations are well-deserved.
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