Steve Carell's "Evan Almighty" -- At $225M, An Unholy Mess?

Few doubt that Steve Carell is an outsized comic talent. But the Los Angeles Times is suggesting that his current project, "Evan Almighty," is getting a reputation for its outsized budget, one that could ultimately run as high as $225 million, which would make it the costliest comedy of all time.

The film, a sequel to 2003's "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey, tells the story of a congressman ordered by the Lord to load up a giant craft ship full of animals, a la Noah. Unfortunately, like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, it can be a volatile situation on a movie set when two conflicting species attempt to interact; as the Times puts it, "Predatory creatures such as lions and tigers cannot be shot with monkeys and giraffes. Filmmakers must abide by numerous regulations regarding the treatment of animals, and even the best-trained animals do not always follow orders. Sometimes a color or a scent can throw off an animal, delaying filming."


Well, at least they're not spending money on barbers....

In addition, limited preparation time, bad weather, and unexpected costs for visual effects have created increases in the budget well beyond the original $140 million estimate. The Times notes that the track record for big-budget comedies is decidedly mixed; although "Men in Black II," which cost $175 million, was a hit, "Wild Wild West" ($170 million) was a bomb.

Still, the studio isn't panicking, at least in public.

"This movie is a great bet," Universal Chairman Marc Shmuger told the Times. "It's a spectacle fantasy and also a comedy. And a sequel to one of the most successful hits in the studio's history."

Or, as studio co-Chairman David Linde told the paper, "It's based on two story sources: 'Bruce Almighty' and the Bible, both of which were incredibly successful."

Comments

Captain Future1

yo moma

BOMB!!!!!

Oct 10 - 07:36 PM

South_park300

First Last

bomb? hardly. steve carell is a big star now and will pull in the bucks. plus i was on the set for a day, and from what little i saw, it seemed really funny. i like the concept of this one over the first anyways. its no rehash

Oct 10 - 07:53 PM

jeremyd4

jeremy d

so he's not playing the same character he did in "Bruce Almighty"??

Oct 10 - 08:45 PM

dylan21484nj

glenn welsh

225 million? 225 MILLION?!? are they fucking kidding?

Oct 10 - 09:01 PM

Karl

John Locke

Everyone keep in mind that all three LotR films were 300 million all togther. So this movie is 2 1/4xs the expense it took to make the Fellowship.

Oct 10 - 09:25 PM

South_park300

First Last

no, he is the same character

Oct 10 - 10:01 PM

Rion

Rion Takao

It's Steve Carrell. Did you see the numbers for Little Miss Sunshine? And that was an indie film. This'll do quite the money.

Oct 10 - 10:21 PM

TheBlackGuy

Arman Tanzarian

Cannot wait for this movie

Oct 10 - 10:43 PM

Chim

Robby Robertson

Carell is both extremely popular and acclaimed at the moment, so it'll bring green.

But 225 is absolutely absurd.

Oct 10 - 10:59 PM

JBourne

**** off

They're certainly not paying it to the extras. Usually extras get payed a little bit of cash, but they came to my town and wanted people to work early in the morning and into the night for nothing. They said that it was generous of them to allow us to take part in the making of such an amazing film. I left (laughing my ass off) when this lady on their staff told me it was a privelege to be in a film as high caliber as Evan Almighty.

Oct 10 - 11:56 PM

eastern2western

peter liu

[b]225 million[/b]
First thing I have to say is that I do not give a shit about how much this movies cost because I am going to pay the exact same money to see it theaters as other movies.
Second thing is what happened to the cost of movies. When T2 came out, every body was wowing because it was a 100 million dollar movie. Now an eight million dollar movie, like SWAT, is consider a B film and it does look like a B film to me. Then fucken Cameron made Titanic and that was a 200 million dollar movie and he was betting his career on the movie because of the cost. Now after the movie came out, audience felt in love with the movie and every penny was spent of the movie screen. Right now, even a stupid little comedy costs 225 million. Wholly shit, they must spent some major money to create the CGI animals.
Some one mention the LOTR was only like 300 million and made 1 billion all together. Man those three fucken movies seem like a bargain comparing to this whole Evan Almighty movie. They better show where they spent the money or some accountant might get the pink slip.

Oct 11 - 12:20 AM

southfrisco

Dan Huck

You are out of it. Comedies rarely cost upwards of $50 million. Comedies are made because they are cheap. Seems this thing has gotten out of hand because it can't be the paychecks that are driving the budget unless Carell can ask for whatever he wants now on a movie set.

And finally Carell was in the first one, they are bringing Morgan Freeman back to play God as a continuation of the original but Carell is playing a different character from the one he played in the original? What are they doing? Sounds like they messed this up from the start.

Oct 15 - 07:52 PM

Battlebooze

Bryan Inghram

Well, spending that kind of cash on a movie guarantees it will either make or break someones career. It's not likely going to just break even.

I think Steve Carell is hilarious, if this movie tanks I hope that it doesn't drag him down with it.

Oct 11 - 01:02 AM

fizzypulp

Katie Teasdale

[b]hmmmm[/b]
i had high hopes for bruce almighty and was severely let down so i hope this one isnt the same.
And to the person who said

no, he is the same character

er....no its a different character - i think the name of the film gives that away! (unless your talking about morgan who is playing the same character).

This has the promise and potential to be good but im not sure if it will justify its 225 price tag - i will see it but as i work at a cinema head office i dont have to pay!!!!!

Oct 11 - 02:41 AM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Someone needs to figure out what he's talking about before speaking...

In Bruce Almighty, Steve Carell played a character named Evan.

In Evan Almighty, Steve Carell is playing a character named Evan.

According to the laws of transitivity, Steve Carell is playing the same character.


Anyway, back on topic... I thought Bruce Almighty was great and the concept behind Evan Almighty seems the best an inevitable sequel could be. Plus Steve Carell is awesome. In other words, I have hopes. If anything, the studio is at least being unoriginal in an original way. Plus $225 million... who cares, its not like the ticket price will be any higher. And with DVD sales I'm pretty sure it'll turn up a profit.

Oct 11 - 05:11 AM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Someone needs to figure out what he's talking about before speaking...

In Bruce Almighty, Steve Carell played a character named Evan.

In Evan Almighty, Steve Carell is playing a character named Evan.

According to the laws of transitivity, Steve Carell is playing the same character.


Anyway, back on topic... I thought Bruce Almighty was great and the concept behind Evan Almighty seems the best an inevitable sequel could be. Plus Steve Carell is awesome. In other words, I have hopes. If anything, the studio is at least being unoriginal in an original way. Plus $225 million... who cares, its not like the ticket price will be any higher. And with DVD sales I'm pretty sure it'll turn up a profit.

Oct 11 - 05:11 AM

aconline

Adam Collins

[b]Evan does equal Evan[/b]
In Bruce Almighty, Evan was a new anchor. In this, he is a congressman. Same character? According to IMDB and www.The-numebrs.com Steve is playing Evan Baxter in Evan Almighty. That was his name in Bruce Almighty. In my book, that is case closed. As for the $225 million price tag, shame on them. They aren't going to get close. 40 Year Old Virgin barely broke $100. I highly doubt that this will break $225. I wouldn't stake my career on it, but oh well.

Oct 11 - 06:13 AM

Mister_Potpourri

Ezra Dulis

Remember, the 40-Year-Old Virgin was rated R. Evan Almighty will be rated PG. PG movies have statistically higher box office grosses than R-rated films. The RT story is a little misleading; the Times article said that the movie's production budget could go up to $175-180 million, and the marketing budget would bring it up to $225-250 million. With an aggressive marketing campaign like that, every little kid in the country will see previews on his favorite Saturday morning cartoon, and he'll beg his parents to take him to Evan Almighty.

= Evan Almighty at least breaks even. I'll be seeing it, at least.

Oct 11 - 08:25 AM

pota1967

David Jones

Bruce Almight might have been a hit ( saw it in the theatre) but I dont think it was a highly regarded film or really very funny.
Its odd the only thing I remember of the movie is the dog on the toilet.

Oct 11 - 06:54 AM

Mister_Potpourri

Ezra Dulis

Remember, the 40-Year-Old Virgin was rated R. Evan Almighty will be rated PG. PG movies have statistically higher box office grosses than R-rated films. The RT story is a little misleading; the Times article said that the movie's production budget could go up to $175-180 million, and the marketing budget would bring it up to $225-250 million. With an aggressive marketing campaign like that, every little kid in the country will see previews on his favorite Saturday morning cartoon, and he'll beg his parents to take him to Evan Almighty.

= Evan Almighty at least breaks even. I'll be seeing it, at least.

Oct 11 - 08:25 AM

lonechicken

Han Nguyen

What???

Is this movie going to have an asteroid destroy Paris causing a tidal wave to wipe out the Autobots and a battle with 100,000 orcs attacking the Scots at Stirling? The cost sounds ludicrous!

Oct 11 - 08:39 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

That's a shit load of money for a comedy no less. I do want to see it. I thought the first one was good, I love Carrey so it sucks that he's not in this, but Carell, Freeman, and Goodman are cool. But it'll make profit if you take into account it's world wide gross, Bruce made some where around 500 mil.

Oct 11 - 10:41 AM

randal1013

Randal 1013

i love steve carrell, but a bruce almighty sequel is just a bad idea. with all these budget enhancements, it's going to make little to no profit.

Oct 11 - 10:48 AM

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