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Carell signs on for spy sequel

07 October 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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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.


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yayyy!!:D I enjoyed Get Smart so I guess the same I will do with the sequel:D More

Posted by angie82 at 22:17 on 08 October 2008 | Report This Post

get smart additional movie already out
Did you know that there is already a spin off movie to get smart. With the two blokes who played the gadget men. The one out of heros and the other one who i dont know. It was released in the states the same time as get smart. More

Posted by reece007 at 10:36 on 08 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Oh
L: Makman I find it bizarre that people critize films which they are too lazy to watch!!! It was a fun film and is more of an "action/spy" comedy (the Rock and Carrell are both fab in the film) and a fab tribute to the old TV series. It was much more enjoyable than the disappointing "Mummy 3" or "X-Files: I Want to Believe". wasn't dissing it. I was seriously asking a question. I heard time and time again that it was a sweaty sack of toss. Or words to that effect. I'm not too More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:28 on 08 October 2008 | Report This Post

Calsterman, i will now have to kill you ! More

Posted by sean83sean at 22:46 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

The more Carrell the better
I really liked Get Smart, one of the few TV remakes that worked. The notion of a sequel being made is a welcome one to me. As long as he doesn't leave The Office, I love that show! dare I say better than the UK version (just stirring, no one kill me!) More

Posted by Calsterman at 13:45 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

Guaranteed Flop?
I'm sure the people who wasted their money on the first film won't make the same mistake twice, but if we get another dose of Anne Hathaway kicking butt with her luscious legs, I might just check it out myself!! More

Posted by Hillsman at 13:42 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

Get Smart - don't waste your money!
Have to side with jimoakley666 in this case - Get Smart WAS a pile of cack! I think I smiled once while watching it. Wanted my money back when it was over..... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 12:30 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Oh
I only said I didn't go and see it because the trailer didn't make me laugh (surely not a bizarre criteria?!) and am prepared to accept that the film is hilariously funny.  BUT reviews and word of mouth don't suggest that is the case - and the best praise you could manage was that it was better than two by all accounts crushingly disappointing sequels!  More to the point, I'm quite sure the rationale for a sequel didn't make much reference to the original's rotten tomatoes score. More

Posted by sinaplenty at 11:37 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

as long as he doesn't leave The Office, then this is ok. More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:13 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Oh
I find it bizarre that people critize films which they are too lazy to watch!!! It was a fun film and is more of an "action/spy" comedy (the Rock and Carrell are both fab in the film) and a fab tribute to the old TV series. It was much more enjoyable than the disappointing "Mummy 3" or "X-Files: I Want to Believe". More

Posted by Makman at 10:11 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

Excellent first comment! I too avoided it on the basis that the trailer didn't make me laugh (a fairly major issue for a comedy I would suggest). And when Beverly Hills Chihuahua sits atop the US box office, can we really celebrate a sequel purely because a lot of people paid to see the first movie? More

Posted by sinaplenty at 10:02 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

Oh.
But wasn't Get Smart a pile of shite? Never saw it 'cause everyone said it was wank... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:09 on 07 October 2008 | Report This Post

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