"Cars" and "Bolt" screenwriter Dan Fogelman will make his directorial debut with "Imagine," a Warner Bros. comedy he wrote on spec that has Steve Carell set to produce and co-star, the actor's publicist has confirmed to TheWrap.
The story follows a 60-something Bruce Springsteen-type rocker who is inspired to live his life differently after reading a long-unopened letter written to him by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The past-his-prime musician sets out to find his biological son (Carell) who he never knew existed.
Fogelman and Carell's reps at WME packaged the project, which is expected to be fast-tracked at Warner Bros., where Carell's production company, Carousel, has a deal. Carousel's Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock will join Carell as producers, and they'll likely be joined by Jessie Nelson and Denise DiNovi, who recently produced Fogelman's spec script "Crazy. Stupid. Love."
As writer-director, Fogelman will earn more than $3 million for "Imagine," which tops the $2.5 million he received from WB for "Crazy. Stupid. Love.," a comedy that stars Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Fogelman's next movie to hit theaters is Disney's animated film "Tangled," while "Crazy. Stupid. Love" is set to open on April 22.
Fogelman is also represented by Industry Entertainment, and news of "Imagine" was first reported by Vulture.