Carrell, the former field reporter on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," connected with featured roles as the pompous local news anchor in "Bruce Almighty" and the good-natured weatherman in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." He will play goofy secret agent Maxwell Smart, originally played by Don Adams when the series -- created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry -- ran on NBC (1965-69), and then on CBS (1969-70).
Warner Bros. has had the project in the works for years, most recently with plans to build it around "Anchorman" star Will Ferrell, Variety said. The script will now be reworked for Carrell by Steve Koren, who wrote "Bruce Almighty" for Jim Carrey and the upcoming Adam Sandler movie, "Click."
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