Steve Carell banner producing 'Hi-T' pic

'License to Wed' scribe Kim Barker in talks to write script

Steve Carell's Carousel Prods. will sit down for a drink of "Hi-T."

The banner is producing the comedy about masculinity for Warners, where Carousel has a deal, as a potential starring vehicle for Carell. Kim Barker, who penned Robin Williams' marriage comedy "License to Wed," will pen the screenplay.

The project, which was set up under a slightly different name at New Line four years ago, centers on a man who begins taking testosterone injections after an injury leaves him deprived of the chemical, only to find his moods swing uncontrollably.

Carell, Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartstock will produce via their Carousel banner, while Bob Cooper, who was involved with the project in an earlier incarnation, also will produce.

The film project is one of the first for Carell's nascent Carousel banner. The company has a first-look feature deal at Warners and an overall television deal at Universal.

If Carell does star, the project likely would not move forward right away; "The Office" star is still weighing which feature project he will shoot during his upcoming May hiatus, with the offbeat romantic comedy "Date Night" believed to be in the pole position. He likely would not be available to shoot another feature until his next hiatus.

Barker, repped by CAA and Underground Films and Management, penned the Sandra Bullock starrer "All About Steve," a comedy about an eccentric who falls in love with a CNN cameraman, which Fox 2000 will release this year.
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