Steve Carell Buys a ‘Magic Kingdom’

It’s starting to feel like every time we turn around, Steve Carell has attached himself to yet another project. Having wrapped Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Great Hope Springs, Carell’s now in the midst of filming The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and lending his voice to Despicable Me 2, with Charlie Kaufman’s Frank or Francis lined up next.

Beyond that, he’s attached to Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Dave Barry adaptation Lunatics, John Carney’s The Dogs of Babel, the Black List script Conviction, and another film with Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. And now, we can add the comedic fantasy Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! to that list as well. Good grief. More details after the jump.

According to, Carell has just signed on for the Akiva Goldsman-produced project, which is being described as a family friendly blockbuster. Based on a book of the same title by Terry Brooks, Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! centers around a widowed lawyer named Ben Holiday who stumbles across an ad offering the magical kingdom of Landover for the low, low price of $1 million. Holiday contacts the mysterious Mr. Meeks to make the transaction, and heads over to check out his newly purchased property. He soon finds that he’s in over his head, as he struggles to unite his subjects against an evil demon.

The screenplay adaptation comes from Craig Wright, a playwright who’s also written for Six Feet Under and Dirty Sexy Money. Although Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) was on helm to direct at one point, he has since departed and Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! remains without a director at this time. If all goes well, Carell could find himself leading a bona fide franchise — Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! is the first of six books in Brooks’ Magic Kingdom of Landover series.

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