November 7, 2008 / 7:44 AM / 10 years ago

Steve Carell could make "Beaver" speak

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Steve Carell is attached to star in “The Beaver,” a whimsical tale that occupies the fantastical territory as “Being John Malkovich” and “Lars and the Real Girl.”

Steve Carell talks with a reporter as he arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors show in Washington December 2, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The story, from first-time writer Kyle Killen, revolves around a man who walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand, treating it as something close to a human creature with human feelings.

Indie producer Anonymous Content recently picked up the script, and a lot of studios are interested in coming aboard. But Anonymous is seeking a director first. (At one point, there was word that “Austin Powers” director Jay Roach might come on board, though that seems unlikely.) But expect it to move quickly.

Killen is one of those spec-writer rags-to-riches stories — a 30ish USC grad whose writing career until now has consisted of writing for small literary magazines.

Carell, meanwhile, has a number of projects to choose from in his springtime hiatus from NBC’s “The Office.” The star is weighing such projects as “Get Smart 2” and the Napoleonic comedy “Brigadier Gerard” for this year. Soon you might be able to toss a woodland creature into the mix.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Steve Carell attends the premiere of the film "Horton Hears a Who!" in Los Angeles, March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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