Briefly: Will Ferrell is turning to Kevin Hart for help, and a Tropic Thunder writer is going to watch over it all. Etan Cohen, who co-wrote Tropic Thunder, will direct Get Hard, scripted by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.

The film is about “a wealthy investment bank manager who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car.” A guess says that Ferrell plays the banker and Hart the car wash guy, though there’d probably be a lot more comedy if the casting was reversed. “Get hard,” in this instance, is obviously talking about the bank managers’ effort to toughen up before going to the pen, but this being a Ferrell project there’ll probably be a couple viagra and/or prison sex jokes in there, too.




Jim Carrey Needs Me Time

jimcarrey.jpgJim Carrey is looking to star in Me Time for 20th Century Fox.

Ian Roberts and Jay Martel’s spec script follows a novelist who is writing a book about his great-great-frontier-woman-grandmother. His pregnant wife has to go on bed rest, leaving him to care for the house and child. His confidence is shaken as he reads his ancestor’s diary, in which she describes raising a family, plowing the fields and taming the wild environs, according to Variety.  The plot seems rather uninteresting to me.

Roberts and Martel have a script set up at Dreamworks which is set in the world of the air guitar championships. Now that’s what I want to see – a fictionalized version of Air Guitar Nation.