Steve Carell will play the title character in The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, a comedy set during the Napoleonic Wars that Media Rights Capital is developing for a spring 2009 production start.
Variety says the script was written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (Blades of Glory).
The film is among several that Carell is considering; he plans to star in one or two films during his hiatus after shooting the fifth season of NBC sitcom “The Office.”
Carell will play the title character, the bravest soldier in Napoleon’s army and also the dumbest. Gerard follows Napoleon from his rise to power to his permanent exile. The comedy is based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The movie will be produced by Altschuler and executive produced by Mike Judge and Krinsky, both of whom are partners with Altschuler in Ternion, a production company that has a deal with MRC.
Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally also will executive produce.