After seeing the Get Smart haul in over $230 million dollars world-wide this summer it appears that Warner Bros. is ready to pony up the money to bring star Steve Carell back for sequel, as well as some other films. Carell and his company Carousel Productions, which is formed along with fellow former Daily Show correspondent Vance Degeneres and longtime friend Charlie Hartsock, have signed a three year first-look deal with Warners.
The Get Smart sequel is not part of the overall deal, which will allow Carell to not only find vehicles for him as an actor, but also as a producer. “I have some ideas for films,” he told Daily Variety. “But I’ve gotten to know so many people who are funny, talented and fertile with ideas that I’m confident this very strong base of friendships will lead to projects.”
Carell also explained his desire to produce, as well as act: “Finding things to do as an actor is the first order of business, I suppose, but I’m not limited to things in my wheelhouse,” Carell said. “I’m also looking for films I can produce that aren’t right for me as an actor.”
Personally, I was impressed with Carell in Get Smart when I reviewed the film back in June. It was a very good role for him, as his comedic sensibilities really fit the role of Maxwell Smart, so it makes sense that he would want to stay with it. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that Carell hasn’t seen a ton of success reprising popular roles — 2007’s Evan Almighty, in which Carell branched off his character from the 2003 hit Bruce Almighty, was met with a critical boot to the ass and lukewarm box office results. That said, I doubt lightening could strike twice. Assuming director Peter Segal and co-stars Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin sign on for the Get Smart sequel, it should all work out just fine.
What do you think about a Get Smart sequel?