Groom follows a sad and lonely lady (Fey) who orders an Eastern European soldier (Carell) as a husband. Fey’s been honing that character on TV for years, but Carell’s never struck me as the military type. Of course, the fact that his character leaves wherever he’s from to be someone’s mail order husband, may reflect on his skill as a soldier. Only time will tell for sure (if the film gets made).
The script was reportedly co-written by Fey’s real-life husband (and 30 Rock co-executive producer), Jeff Richmond. Since then, it’s been tinkered with by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (who teamed up on the Bad Santa script), which makes me think the film could have some serious edge to it.
Warner Bros. is reportedly developing the movie and looking at Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) and the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) to direct.
Fey had this to say about the film’s chances of getting made: “Yes, maybe someday. It’s a hilarious and deeply weird script that appeals to both of us. We just need to clear the time to do it.” And Carell chimed in with the somewhat contradictory, “As soon as I heard she was in, I was in. Almost in complete disregard for anything else.” So Fey’s a “Maybe” and Carell thinks Fey’s a “Yes” and as a result, he’s a yes. Maybe the confusion is due in part to each star having quite a busy schedule, with Fey’s aforementioned 30 Rock and Carell headlining the NBC hit The Office.
No word on when Mail Order Groom would begin production, let alone get released.