Steve Carell’s adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary “Marwencol,” will be released by Universal on November 21st, 2018, the company announced Friday.
Robert Zemeckis is set to direct the true-life story for Universal.
Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”) wrote the screenplay, which follows Mark Hogancamp, whose memory was wiped away by a vicious assault. He finds comfort in building a miniature village populated by dolls whose identities are very real to him, as their actions help him cope with what happened to him.
Zemeckis’ Universal-based banner ImageMovers will produce the film, which Malmberg will executive produce. Universal optioned Hogancamp’s life rights as well as the critically acclaimed documentary based on his life story. DreamWorks Pictures are co-financing.
Universal’s VP of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Since leaving NBC’s “The Office,” Carell has taken an impressive range of roles, balancing hit comedies (“Anchorman 2”) with smart indies (“The Way Way Back”). He also earned an Oscar nomination for another fact-based drama, 2014’s “Foxcatcher.”
Carell is represented by WME and Steve Sauer of MediaFour Management.