With only a few months left on The Office, we can expect to see Steve Carell in more and more films over the next year-and-a-half or so. THR tells us that one of the first post-Office projects he’ll be taking on is actually a drama, titled Dogs of Babel.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name of Carolyn Parkhurst, the movie was set to go before cameras all the way back in 2003 with Todd Phillips directing, and John Crowley was also attached at one point; right now, no director is in place, although Mandate is looking for one right now. Shouldn’t be a problem, as a potentially high-profile movie like this is bound to attract helmers. It’ll be produced by Carell, David Heyman of Heyday Films, as well as Corey May and Dooma Wendschuh of Sekretagent Productions.
THR has a plot description, which you can read below:
“The novel, described as a tragic story of love and loss centers on a linguistics professor (Carell), who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Though police rule her death an accident, the professor is not quite sure. With the only witness to the death being the couple’s dog, the grief-stricken man endeavors to teach it to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what really happened.”
Anyone else think this sounds… kind of dumb? I mean, maybe my experience with him in the past is just coloring things, but I found it difficult to not see this plot synopsis as humorous when considering his screen presence. And other than Little Miss Sunshine, I’m not 100% certain I’ve seen him in anything where he’s given what could be considered a “serious” performance. It’s just too hard to imagine parts of this not being unintentionally funny. Michael Scott talking to a dog to solve a mysterious death. How is that not silly?
What do you think of Carell joining this project? Do you think that it’s a good fit for him?