Steve Carell and Tina Fey, the stars of the two NBC shows who play an on-screen pair in the upcoming movie "Date Night," are planning yet another cinematic hookup.
THE DEAL They're attached to play an unlikely couple in a new romantic comedy called "Mail-Order Groom." There's a twist to this one, though: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who wrote the screenplay for "Bad Santa," the dark story of a Christmas con man, wrote the script for "Groom." Warner Bros., which is developing the movie, is looking for directors. The studio is considering Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents" and "Austin Powers"), Richard Linklater (the "Slacker" director who also directed Ficarra and Requa's script on the "Bad News Bears" remake), and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (the team behind "Little Miss Sunshine," which starred Carell).
MORE ABOUT THE MOVIES In "Date Night," scheduled to hit theaters April 9, a married couple go out for dinner and get more than they bargained for, becoming caught up in a mob plot. In "Groom," a woman orders a mail-order groom from Eastern Europe - and he turns out to be Steve Carell.
Fey has played the role of the single woman who resorts to desperate measures before, in "Baby Mama," her surrogate-mother comedy with former "Saturday Night Live" co-star Amy Poehler. Carell hasn't starred as a foreigner on the big screen, but producers are hoping the bumbling antics he's tried in movies like "Get Smart" translate here.
A MOVIE WITH POTENTIAL Development projects come and go, but this one looks to be a priority for the studio, which has a short window in which to shoot, given the actors' television schedules. They're tentatively targeting March or April, which would mean that by 2011, everyone could be looking at Carell and Fey on the big screen - again.