Jim Carrey signs up for dark prison comedy

jim.jpgJim Carrey has signed up for the dark prison comedy I Love You Philip Morris to be helmed by Bad Santa scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. This will be their directorial debut. The movie will follow Carrey as married man who gets sent to jail, convicted of being a conman in the state of Texas. Whilst there he falls in love with a cellmate who is set free, so Carrey attempts to escape from prison so he can try and re-unite with him. The film is semi-factual, as chronicled in the book I Love You Philip Morris written by Steve McVicker. Variety are telling us the pitch for the movie was Catch Me If You Can meets Brokeback Mountain, and if you just think about that pitch for a second, I think you can probably work out just where the plot is headed. Well it's certainly different. Those of you (which includes me too) that are absolutely sick of the cute Jim Carrey comedies and have been pushing for him to take on different roles for years have to see this as good news. The Number 23 was a move in the right direction, as is this.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.