Jim Carrey’s ‘Under Cover’ seeks its helmer


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For better or worse, David O. Russell won’t direct the video game adaptation of ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,’ which would have been the most unusual director-material pairing since, well, Zack Snyder decided to do an owl-themed kids’ movie.

But there’s an almost equally unusual combo that’s brewing, as sources say Russell is meeting on, and is very much in consideration for, ‘Under Cover,’ a comedy with Jim Carrey as a man who turns to the therapeutic power of a cover band. The movie is described as a ‘heartwarming but broadly comic story of a man winning back his family and re-discovering his voice by performing some of the greatest hits of classic rock in the unlikely company of a cover band.’ After reported as being courted for the role, Carrey is indeed attached, we hear (though there’s no official deal in place yet). Veteran production company Mandeville, which produced Russell’s upcoming ‘The Fighter,’ also looks to be coming on to the project. The film is set up at Summit, of ‘Twilight’ fame.


Other directors are in the mix as well, but we have to admit that Russell would be the most enjoyably wacky choice. If he can make both incest and Iraq treasure-hunting darkly comic, one can only imagine what he’d do with the antics of Mandonna and Dread Zeppellin.

-- Steven Zeitchik


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