Jim Carrey AND Steve Carell Project

After teaming with a group of flightless birds for Mr. Popper's Penguins, Jim Carrey will have a more human partner in his next comedy when he teams with funnyman Steve Carell.

Deadline reports that Carrey in in negotiations to join Burt Wonderstone. Carrel is the title character, a traditional magician who breaks with his longtime partner and finds that he is upstaged by a hip, street-magician rival — likely the role Carrey will play.

Carell has been attached to the comedy for a while, with writer-director Jason Reitman (Up In the Air) doing a rewrite of the script initially penned by Horrible Bosses screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. TV director Charles McDougall, who worked with Carell on The Office, was hired to direct in February.

Burt Wonderstone is likely to start production this fall. Carrey and Carell last worked together on 2003's Bruce Almighty, right before Carell was cast in The Office.