Steve Carell to Make Beaver Speak?

The Hollywood Reporter says Anonymous Content recently picked up The Beaver, a script from first-time writer Kyle Killen about a man who walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand, treating it as something close to a human creature with human feelings.

The trade says that Steve Carell (Get Smart, “The Office”) is attached to play the lead.

The fable, which occupies the fantastical territory somewhere between Being John Malkovich and Lars and the Real Girl, has a lot of studios interested. Anonymous is seeking a director.

Killen is one of those spec-writer rags-to-riches stories — a 30ish USC grad whose writing career until now has consisted of writing for small literary magazines. He follows a tradition that this year alone includes such previous unknowns as Michael Martin and Brad Ingelsby.