Steve Carell is getting ready to pull off a job.
Carell will produce and star in the film about an imprisoned master thief who is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege as the upstart pulls off a multimillion-dollar robbery.
The screenplay by Jonathan Herman originally had a darker tone akin to Michael Mann's "Heat" but is being reworked as an action comedy along the lines of "48 Hrs." and "Ocean's Eleven." Joel Silver, who is certainly familiar with that genre, will produce the film along with Carell, and the hunt is currently on for a new writer.
Steve Carell has been lining up the film projects now that he's no longer running "The Office." He shot "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World" with Keira Knightley earlier this year and is currently shooting "Great Hope Springs" with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Next year, he'll begin filming the dark comedy about rival magicians, "Burt Wonderstone," and will star with Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher."
Anyway, Steve Carell as a master thief? He pulled off a supervillain in "Despicable Me" pretty well, so a bank robber -- and a charismatic, Danny Ocean-type of bank robber, at that -- should be no great stretch.