Carr captains 'Mall' force

Director stakes out '08 Col comedy

"Daddy Day Care" director Steve Carr has been tapped to helm Columbia's "Mall Cop" in early 2008.

The comedy centers on a mild-mannered security guard (Kevin James) who is thrust into action when his mall is taken over by highly organized thieves.

James penned the script with Nick Bakay. In October, with the writers strike looming, the studio hired Steve Pink to polish the screenplay. Locations are being scouted.

James also is producing along with Happy Madison Prods., manager Jeff Sussman and producer Todd Garner.

Carr, who most recently helmed "Are We Done Yet?" is represented by ICM, the Collective and attorney Karl Austen.