After two years in the “To Do” inbox, Conviction is being made. Not the Hilary Swank trial flick, but a heist movie in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven and 48 Hours. Steve Carell, star of so many funny hits, is dug in deep.
When Jonathan Herman, writer of something rather un-Boomstick-Comics-appropriately-named, penned the script for Conviction, it was apparently a bit of a drag. Too serious and slow. It sat around collecting dust for two years before Warner Bros. ran out of ideas again and picked it up. However, it’s about to be revamped.
It’s being turned into a comedy. And it should be, with Carell now set to star and produce. Joel Silver, producer of such beauties as The Book of Eli, V for Vendetta, and The Matrix, is right there with him. Admittedly, like any big-timer, Silver has some flops to his name (The Reaping, The Invasion, Fred Clause), but as a general rule he does pretty well. If anything, Conviction is going to look fantastic.
Conviction is about a bank robber serving five years in prison due to a botched heist. The FBI forces him to help them trap his own protege’, which I’m sure is going to be heart-wrenching. Or, you know, could be. Without Steve Carell. Instead, it’s going to be hilarious.
No word on a director yet, nor any other casting choices, but Alex Heineman (Silver Pictures), Vance DeGeneres (Crazy Stupid Love), and Charlie Hartstock (who runs Carell’s production company) will executive produce.