Martin to Have a ‘Big Year’ With Black, Wilson

Steve MartinSteve Martin in is negotiations to join The Big Year alongside Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the recent Oscar host would star in the comedy about three men who try to outdo each other in a bird-watching competition to spot the rarest birds in North America.

The Fox 2000 film starts shooting in May in Canada and will be directed by David Frankel. It’s based on the 1998 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession, by Mark Obmascik.

The script was adapted Howard Franklin.

Producing are Karen Rosenfelt, Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films along with Curtis Hanson and Carol Fenelon of Deuce Three Prods.

The project has long been in development and for a while had Dustin Hoffman attached, among others.