Jim Carrey will star in the sub-$20 million dark comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” reports Variety.
Based on a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker, the fact-based film casts Carrey as Steven Russell, a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system. He fell madly in love with his cellmate, who eventually was set free, which led Russell to escape from Texas prisons four times.
“Bad Santa” scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa penned the script and will make their directing debut. Timing is unsure as Carrey is plotting back-to-back films to be finished before the SAG contract expires next summer.