According to The Hollywood Reporter, riding the success of his star turn in Universal's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell is set to topline Dan in Real Life, a romantic comedy that Peter Hedges is directing for Touchstone Pictures. Jon Shestack is producing.

The story centers on a widower with three daughters, ages 10-17, who writes a parenting column for a local paper. While on a family reunion on the Jersey shore, he meets a woman he takes a liking to, but upon returning home, he finds out the woman is his brother's girlfriend. He then tries desperately not to fall in love with her while not breaking rules he has set up for himself and his daughters.