Steve Carell Steals with ‘Conviction’

The former star of The Office will headline a crime drama that's been rewritten as a comedy.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

First he stole your heart, now he's after your cash: Steve Carell has just signed on to produce and star in Conviction, a crime caper from Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures. Carell will play a brilliant, convicted bank robber who's forced by the FBI to help trap his former protege, who's on the verge of an enormous score. The funniest thing about the film? It wasn't originally supposed to be funny.

Conviction is based on a screenplay by Jonathan Herman, and even made Hollywood's coveted "Black List" (a list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year). But back then it was a drama. For some reason that wasn't working out, so the property has been re-tooled into a caper along the same lines as Ocean's Eleven. It's actually a little encouraging. If the script really was that good, Carell might have a comedy on his hands that also has a great storyline to boot.

CraveOnline will be back with more Conviction news, as soon as we get some of our own.