Call it "The 40-Year-Old Duffer."Actor
Steve Carell of The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin has decided to
star in Missing Links, a golf comedy based on Rick Reilly's 1997 novel, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog. Carell will produce via his Carousel Prods banner, while the
company’s Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock are on board as exec
producers. Bobby Cohen (”Revolutionary Road”) is also producing. “The
Break-Up” scribe Jay Lavender is writing the screenplay. Greg Silverman
will oversee for Warners. Reilly’s 1997 comedic novel tells of the group of bumblers who,
after playing for years at a run-down municipal golf course in a
working-class Boston neighborhood, concoct a series of schemes that
they hope will lead to them teeing off at a nearby elite club.I
read Reilly's novel a few years ago and Carell fans shouldn't expect a
slapstick Happy Gilmore-like comedy. Missing Links is a warm portrayal
of a ramshackle muni and its wacky regulars with lots of opportunities
for laughs, but the heart of the book is an estranged father-son
relationship. In Hollywood terms, think Caddyshack meets Field of Dreams, or "Noonan, I am your father."
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