Burt Wonderstone Loses Its Director

Veteran TV director Charles McDougall has dropped out of talks to direct the Steve Carell magician comedy “Burt Wonderstone” for New Line reports First Showing.

Set in the world of rival Las Vegas magicians, Carell plays a more traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic.

Chad Kultgen penned the early draft which John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have re-written. Carell, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Tyler Mitchell are producing and shooting was aiming to kick off in the Fall.

No word on who might replace McDougall who worked with Carell on “The Office”, and has directed episodes of “Desperate Housewives,” “The Tudors,” “Sex and the City” and “Parks and Recreation.” McDougall himself replaced Jake Kasdan who had been previously attached.