Warner Bros. Pictures has inked a three-year first-look deal with its Get Smart star Steve Carell, with plans to develop a sequel to the summer's box office hit.
According to Variety, Carell has formed Carousel Prods. Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock will run the shingle, which will take offices on the WB lot.
The sequel is not part of the new overall deal, which will allow Carell to cross-pollinate the relationships he's made over the course of a career that spans Second City, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, films and NBC sitcom The Office, on which Carell is a producer and writer in addition to starring.
"My idea was to partner with friends of mine, people I trusted, with whom I share a certain sensibility," Carell told Daily Variety. "I have some ideas for films, but I've gotten to know so many people who are funny, talented and fertile with ideas that I'm confident this very strong base of friendships will lead to projects."
Carell also plans to produce pics that will not be starring vehicles for him.
"Finding things to do as an actor is the first order of business, I suppose, but I'm not limited to things in my wheelhouse," Carell said. "I'm also looking for films I can produce that aren't right for me as an actor."