Summit Entertainment has bought a pitch titled International Incident from former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum.
Ken Jeong is attached to star in the comedy, and Steve Carell is in negotiations to produce through his Carousel Productions banner.
The story revolves around five delegates from the United Nations who embark on a road trip to find one of their lost loves. Javerbaum will pen the screenplay.
Carousel creative executives Charlie Hartsock and Vance Degeneres crafted the pitch, attached the talent and are shepherding the project. As a producer, Carell is busy on both the film and TV front. Carousel projects in development include Our Thing, with Max Winkler attached to direct, and Mail-Order Groom (with Tina Fey also producing).
Jeong became an in-demand comedy actor after The Hangover trilogy, but he has never played the lead in a studio film. The doctor-turned-actor voiced two roles in the past year in Turbo and Despicable Me 2, which also features the voice of Carell.
Javerbaum, who is the head writer on NBC’s The Maya Rudolph Show, worked with Carell when they overlapped on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Carell was a correspondent before he became a breakout movie star in The 40-Year-Old Virgin). The two also teamed up when Javerbaum worked on Comedy Central’s 2001 special Steve Carell Salutes Steve Carell.
Javerbaum is repped by CAA, 3 Arts’ David Miner and attorney Ira Schreck and Nancy Rose.
Jeong is handled by CAA, Aligned Entertainment’s Brett Carducci and attorney Chad Christopher.
Carell is represented by WME.