The story centers on Steve Carell's title character, a popular Las Vegas magician who gets upstaged by a younger illusionist with more pizazz. He then must find a way to re-discover his love of magic once again.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein wrote the most recent script for Burt Wonderstone. Chad Kultgen wrote the original draft, which New Line first acquired back in 2006. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will produce through their Benderspink banner, along with Tyler Mitchell.
Charles McDougall has worked with Steve Carell before, directing five episodes of The Office. Charles McDougall also directed episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Tudors, and, most recently, he directed the pilot episode of Fox's new cop drama The Chicago Code.