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Steve Carell and Jake Johnson to Lead Mob Comedy for ‘Ceremony’ Director Max Winkler

Written by on April 13, 2012 

The line of mob comedies isn’t terribly long, and considering all the humor one could extract from such a topic, that’s kind of a shame. Other than, let’s say, My Blue Heaven or Wise Guys, nothing in this (very) little subgenre has made much of an impact — Wise Guys isn’t very good, either. And, yes, I have seen Jay Mohr‘s Mafia.

But Warner Bros. are hoping to get one more out there. According to Deadline, the studio’s bought a pitch from Rodney Rothman, which he’ll co-write with Steve Carell, the latter of whom is starring alongside Jake Johnson (New Girl, 21 Jump Street) for director Max Winkler (Ceremony). Plot details are being kept under wraps, so anyone hoping to know a little more’s just going to have to sit this one out. Carell will produce through Carousel Productions, while Rothman will throw in his support by way of his own company, Viking Funeral.

An entire absence of solid information notwithstanding… we can see the basic appeal this early out, right? Two funny people are working for a promising young director, and Rothman‘s something of an up-and-comer himself — he recently sold a buddy cop movie (starring Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart) to Paramount. If they want to make a mob comedy, I’ll probably line up for it myself.

Has this initial announcement made you intrigued?

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