The very talented, but highly underrated director Larry Charles has landed a new gig. According to Deadline, the guy who helmed Borat, Bruno, and some key episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will step behind the camera once again for a comedy called Pierre Pierre. It will feature Jim Carrey in the lead, and we’re hoping it will take him back to his hilarious roots. We miss funny Carrey!
Pierre Pierre will center on an obnoxious Frenchman who’s transporting a stolen painting from Paris to London. On that journey you better believe that plenty of comedy and hijinks will ensue. The project has been stirring in development hell for a couple of years and has recently experienced a surge of interest.
The script written by Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton made the Black List and sold for $1 million, with Carrey to star and Juno‘s Jason Reitman attached to direct. But it all blew to hell when Reitman dropped out and the studio Fox Atomic literally imploded. Luckily, Carrey stuck around and waited for things to come together and they have.
Even though Carrey hasn’t been his typical, hilarious self over the past 5-8 years, there’s still time for a comedic revival. If you miss the days of The Mask, Me, Myself, and Irene, and Liar, Liar this might be the project that elevates his game again. Fingers crossed.
What do you think of Larry Charles directing Pierre Pierre? Are you familiar with his work?