One of the more unusual projects in the long list of potential films for Steve Carell is a dramatic feature based on the documentary Of All the Things, which chronicles an unlikely tour of the Philippines undertaken by songwriter Dennis Lambert.

We heard about this project in May when Warner Bros. started negotiating a deal for the remake rights to the doc, and I expected that it would fall out of sight and never be heard from again. But now the film is taking a step forward as writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have been hired to write the picture. Read More »

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This article requires a bit of backstory. Dennis Lambert is the subject of a 2008 documentary Of All the Things, which told his backstory as a songwriter (‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ Nightshift,’ ‘We Built This City’) and singer whose one album, awkwardly titled Bags and Things, bombed in the US but became massively popular in the Philippines. At the age of 60, long after Lambert had retired from the music business and become a Florida real estate broker, he was convinced to do a five-date tour of the Philippines, where he was received with at least occasional rapture. Jody Lambert, the singer’s son, filmed the tour, which became the documentary.

Now Warner Bros. is negotiating a deal for the remake rights to Of All the Things, and wants Steve Carell to play the singer. Read More »

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