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    Fri, 06 Mar 2009 11:46:31

    Steve Carell to Have Dinner with Schmucks  - Also books <i>Hi-T</i>

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    Steve Carell is negotiating to star in Dinner for Schmucks. Meet the Parents director Jay Roach will direct the film, which has been gestating in development stages for quite some time.

    Sacha Baron Cohen was originally set to star in the film, but has since quietly bowed out. Paul Rudd will star alongside Carell. The film is about the most pathetic guest to ever attend a man's weekly dinner gathering. It is based on a 1998 film written and directed by Francis Veber.

    Schmucks was at the center of the Paramount-DreamWorks split last year, with both studios wanting to take the project with them when they parted. Spyglass Entertainment and Paramount will finance most of the film, with DreamWorks pitching in for 33% of the funding. However, the property is ultimately a DreamWorks film.

    Carell will also star in and produce the testosterone-fueled comedy Hi-T for Warner Bros. His Carousel Productions company will be involved in the project. The plot centers on a man who has uncontrollable mood swings when an injury forces him to take testosterone injections. No start date has been confirmed.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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