Saturday, June 15, 2024

Steve Carell Teaming up with “Lone Ranger” Director Gore Verbinski?


Hi ho! “The Lone Ranger” disaster wasn’t enough to stop Gore Verbinski from directing another movie. Word has it that he will shoot a new feature next winter called “Gregory the Nuisance.” The star is supposed to be Steve Carell, and the producer is Arnon Milchan. Carell, if he goes through with this, will be just fresh from the Oscars and a likely nomination for “Foxcatcher.” Verbinski is recovering from “Lone Ranger” and 35
“Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Adam Merims, whose credits include Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” is going to be executive producer. “Gregory” will shoot partially in Serbia, but is set in North Korea, where Carell’s title character goes as a filmmaker. I guess North Korea is now the setting for a lot of comedies. Can Gore Verbinski make a comedy?  That’s funny? This remains to be seen. Anyway, I just pass along the news. If something changes, let me know. But this does seem like it’s happening. An LLC for this production was set up last March according to public records. It might be good for Korean actors. You never know.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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