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Steve Carell To Star In and Produce Conviction

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Steve Carell To Star In and Produce Conviction

Steve Carell has signed on to star in and produce the upcoming heist film ‘Conviction,’ Deadline is reporting. The film was bought as a spec script, which was written by Jonathan Herman, two years ago by Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures. The screenplay, which made the Black List, follows a mastermind bank robber who serves five years in prison after a botched heist. He’s forced to entrap his protege by the FBI, as he aims to pull off a multimillion-dollar job.

‘Conviction’s original script had a tone similar to ‘Heat,’ but ultimately stalled with the serious tone. Warner Bros. ultimately decided to turn it into an action comedy with a tone similar to ’48 Hours’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’

Joel Silver, who previously found success with ‘Lethal Weapon,’ will produce the film with Carell and Andrew Rona, the head of Silver Pictures. Alex Heineman of Silver Pictures will executive produce ‘Conviction’ with Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock, who run Carell’s Warner Bros.-based Carousel banner. The producers are currently looking for a writer to redraft the script.

Carell’s casting in ‘Conviction’ comes as the former ‘Office’ star is in the midst of developing several other projects. He’s next set to shoot the magician comedy ‘Burt Wonderstone’ with Jim Carrey. He’s also set to take a dramatic role in Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher,’ which is based on the true story of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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