The plot seems interesting: Burt Wonderstone is the typical Las Vegas magician working through some issues on his way back to the top. Chief among those nagging concerns is his accidental killing of his partner.
Mr. Carell has cache and clout in Hollywood. The script sat on shelves in New Line Cinema’s offices for four or five years looking for that special something to attract investors.
The film does not yet have a director, producer, key grip, best man, clapper-loader, caterer, or unit accountant but it has Steve Carrell. Apparently the rest will follow in his footsteps. Everyone likes a winner and Mr. Carrell’s film and television track record looks solid, bankable.