Carousel spins 'Hi-T' back to fore


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

The banner is producing the comedy about masculinity for Warner Bros., where Carousel has a deal, as a possible starring vehicle for Carell. Kim Barker, who penned Robin Williams' marriage comedy "License to Wed," will write 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. Bob Cooper, who was involved in an earlier incarnation, also will produce.

The 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.

Carell is not expected to star in "Hi-T." "The Office" star is still weighing which feature project he will shoot during his upcoming May hiatus, with the offbeat romantic comedy "Date Night" — in which Carell and Tina Fey star as a couple who get more than they bargained for on their night out — believed to be in the pole position.

The CAA-repped Barker 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. (partialdiff)