Steve Carell Mob Comedy 'Our Thing' Gets New Writer (Exclusive)
Jeff Lock will write the Warner Bros. film that also stars Jake Johnson
The Steve Carell mob comedy Our Thing is moving forward at Warner Bros., with the studio bringing on writer Jeff Lock to pen the latest draft.
Jake Johnson (Let's Be Cops) is attached to star opposite Carell, with Max Winkler directing.
The project is based on an original idea from Johnson and Winkler that they sold to Warners as a pitch. Rodney Rothman, who is producing, wrote the previous draft and enlisted Lock to take the reins.
Lock, who worked as the assistant to high-profile TV director Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Extant), nabbed the Our Thing job thanks to his hot mob-themed screenplay Beef that was making the rounds in March. That script, about a manager at a fast food chain who gets in over his head with bookies, is now set up with producers Tom McNulty (The Spectacular Now, Date Night) and Linda McDonough (Ender's Game). McNulty and McDonough are looking to attach a director before approaching financiers.
Vance DeGeneres, Charlie Hartsock and Drew Worobow also are producing Our Thing for Carell's Carousel Productions. Winkler and Johnson also will serve in some producing capacity.
Andy Fischel and Jon Gonda are overseeing for Warners.
Lock is repped by Verve, Industry Entertainment and attorney Howard Abramson.