Burt Wonderstone is about an older, jaded Las Vegas magician who falls on hard times when a young and cool magician shows up.
Burt has to contend with this new magician, who is way more hip than he is. I think the idea is that David Copperfield is in a contest with Criss Angel, only fiction. Not 100% sure of that, but that’s what it sounds like.
As the film doesn’t come out for a while, details are sorta scarce for Burt Wonderstone at present, but it is known that Burt starts off the film either breaking up with his assistant or having just done so. With this knowledge, I assume he’ll either try to get his assistant back, or his assistant will go help the rival.
Burt Wonderstone has been in development since 2006, and has gone through a fair number of rewrites. It is currently in production with director Don Scardino at the helm. Scardino has directed/produced a number of TV shows, including 30 Rock and Royal Pains, but he doesn’t have a lot of film experience.
March 15, 2013.
Olivia Wilde … Jane
Jim Carrey … Steve Haines
Steve Carell … Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi … Anton Lovecraft
James Gandolfini … Doug Munny
Brad Garrett … Dom
Alan Arkin … Rance Hanson
Jay Mohr … Rick
Augie Isaac … Young Boy (rumored)
The cast is actually pretty good, with both Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the leads. I’m not as big of fan of them at present, but the story must be pretty good to attract two huge comedic actors. Olivia Wilde’s involvement also gives me reason to see it, so there’s a lot of potential here.
Carell and Carrey haven’t always made the best films, and while both guys are talented and have made some hilarious films, this seems to be more of a comeback for Carrey, and yet another chance for Carell to prove himself as a box office draw.
The concept sounds funny. The actors are some of the biggest names in comedy today. Burt Wonderstone will no doubt make a ton of money. The marketing will have to be big, and the budget was no doubt pretty high to pay their salaries. I’m betting Burt Wonderstone won’t be the funniest film, but it will be entertaining enough to warrant a solid box office.