According to reports, Bad Santa scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have come on board to do a light rewrite of the script, which was originally written by Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri from a story based on an idea by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, along with Carlock and Silveri.
The story follows a naive single woman who can’t find love and ends up with a mail-order husband from Eastern Europe. The film is expected to be in the vein of Borat and in the tone of 30 Rock, according to Pajiba, which also says Warners has the project tentatively lined up to shoot in April.
The film has no director but The Los Angeles Times reports that the studio’s shortlist includes Jay Roach, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris. The latter pair directed Carell in Little Miss Sunshine while Linklater directed the Ficarra/Requa-scripted Bad News Bears remake.
The only window for Carell and Fey to shoot would be the hiatus of their NBC TV shows, The Office and 30 Rock, respectively, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Fey wraps Rock in late March. Carell is currently filming Dinner for Schmucks during his winter hiatus.
Carell’s Carousel Prods. and Fey’s Little Stranger are producing Groom.