First Look: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

Warner Bros has released the first two photos from the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man. The story follows Carl Allen (Carrey), “a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything… and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.” Directed by Peyton Reed, and co-starring Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp.

Reed started his career directing behind the scenes EPKs and was heavily involved in the Back to the Future trilogy, spin-off cartoon, and Universal Studios ride. He made his feature debut with the Kirsten Dunst cheerleading comedy Bring It On, which is heavily underrated (as far as teen comedies go). Carrey’s last good full-on comedy was probably either Me, Myself & Irene or Liar Liar (or does Man on the Moon count as a comedy?). I tend to enjoy Carrey more in more dramatic films like the previously mentioned Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine, and even The Majestic. So who knows if this will be any good. The concept seems somewhat promising.

First Look: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

Click on the images to enlarge. Yes Man hits theaters on December 19th 2008.

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Peyton Reed to Direct Jim Carrey in Yes Man

Jim CarreyYesterday we reported that Jim Carrey had signed on to star in Yes Man. Some people were excited since it will be Carrey’s return to high concept comedy. We weren’t too interested, but that has changed – Peyton Reed has signed on to direct the film according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peyton created one of our favorite modern “guilty pleasures”, Bring It On. You know, that cheerleader film that starred Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union? Yeah, we dug it for probably all the wrong reasons. Reed was also involved in a lot of the behind the scenes documentaries to my favorite movie of all time, Back to the Future. Okay, sure, he also made The Break-up. We’ll forgive him.

Yes Man is an adaptation of Danny Wallace’s memoir. Wallace was very depressed, because he was always saying no. One day he decided to suddenly change and to instead say Yes to every opportunity that comes his way. In the book, Wallace wins $45,000, meets a hypnotic dog, obtains a nursing degree, travels the globe and finds romance. I’m sure the film will be even more far fetched (hey, it’s Hollywood). Producers hope to start shooting this Fall. But since Carrey is attached, there is still a good chance this could fall into development hell.

Jim CarreyHarry Potter producer David Heyman is developing a comedy film called Yes Man with Jim Carrey attached to star.

“It’s about a man who finds himself very depressed, and is always saying no. When friends ask him out, he always says no,” Heyman revealed to MTV. “[The film will explore] what happens when he decides to say yes to every thing that comes his way.”

“It’s really funny,” he grinned. “It’s one of the funniest scripts I’ve read.”

Glad to see that Carrey is making another return to high-concept comedy, but does anyone other than Heyman think this film will get off the ground? Carrey has recently been plagued with projects that inevitably get sucked into development hell. Heyman hopes to film this Fall.

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