EXCLUSIVE: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
Red Granite (Friends With Kids, Out of the Furnace, Horns) opened its doors in 2010 and came out swinging last year with Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street. The financier stepped up to back the Farrelly brothers’ $35 million budgeted Dumb And Dumber sequel, which debuted last month at #1 for Universal in Carrey’s biggest live-action opener since 2003’s Bruce Almighty.
Carrey’s known for his iconic comedy characters like Ace Ventura, The Cable Guy, Stanley Ipkiss from The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber’s Lloyd Christmas but recent big screen turns have seen him in supporting roles, as in Kick-Ass 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. His ratings-boosting October visit to SNL proved he’s still a draw when he lands solo in the spotlight.
Neither Carrey’s reps nor Red Granite would comment on the deal. He’s a client of WME. Rosenthal’s repped by Paradigm, Apostle’s George Heller, and McKuin Frankel.