Vulture is reporting that that Steve Carell (Dinner for Schmucks) is Warner Bros. first choice to play real life songwriter Dennis Lambert.

The studio is presently trying to purchase the rights to the unreleased documentary Of All the Things. This looks at Lambert's "transformation from musical hit-maker to suburban Florida real-estate agent to one of the most beloved pop stars in the Philippines."

It was during the late sixties through the mid-eighties that Lambert was one of pop music's top songwriters. He has his hands in such songs as the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)"; Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy"; The Commodores' Grammy-winning "Nightshift" etc.

Then in 1972 Lambert tried to become a recording artist. He made an album titled Bags and Things that was virtually ignored. Ignored everywhere but the Philippines, where a single from it, "Of All the Things," is still played at Filipino weddings.

Lambert was always asked to go there but he declined. At the age of 60, Lambert played five dates in 2007. Among other things he played a massive sold-out Valentine's Day concert at Araneta Coliseum.

Lambert's son, Jody, filmed the whole tour which is covered in the documentary. It seems that the negotiations with Warner Bros. contain "a possible limited theatrical release for the original documentary, or at the very least, a DVD release."

Evan Jacobs