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Carell signs on for spy sequel

Get Smart proved to be an enormous success for funnyman Steve Carell, so let's all take off our shoe phones and jump up and down with the news that he's been signed up for a sequel with Warner Bros. And he's also signed a three-year first-look deal with Warners for good measure, ensuring that there'll be lots of Carell-y goodness headed our way for some time to come.

The first Get Smart took about $230 million worldwide, on a budget of just $80 million, so is thoroughly in success territory. There's no word yet on whether Carell will be joined by co-stars like Alan Arkin and Anne Hathaway, but fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, the unrelated three year deal means that Carell has formed Carousel Productions, to be based at Warners, with fellow former Daily Show correspondant Vince DeGeneres and former Second City theatre company cohort Charlie Hartsock. Carell's planning on looking for vehicles for himself but also straight producer roles. Our suggestion is that he should kill two birds with one stone - why not reformat the US version of The Office to tell the story of this production company, and work on your film projects while making your hit TV series? It lowers costs in the credit crunch and it could win yet more Emmys.