The previously shelved sci-fi comedy “Used Guys” is being dusted off and repackaged says The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally setup at Fox, the project had “Austin Powers” helmer Jay Roach directing while Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey were slated to star.
The original premise took place in a future run by women, who clone and trade men like used cars. The film underwent heavy pre-production and was a month away from filming when Fox pulled the plug on the film back in May 2006 due to budgeting issues. At the time the film’s cost was said to hover around $112 million, while Carrey & Stiller’s back-end deals ate significantly into the studio’s potential profits.
The project is now being retooled into a vehicle for Stiller and Reese Witherspoon and will focus more on the relationship between a clone (Stiller) and his owner (Witherspoon).
“Little Miss Sunshine” directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are negotiating to takeover directing duties while Roach and Stiller will remain producers.
The film is expected to undergo a script rewrite/polish but no-one has been hired as yet to do so. Stiller and Witherspoon were previously slated to star in Cameron Crowe’s “Deep Tiki” but that project is stuck in development hell and may not get off the ground again.