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You could say that 'The Office' star Steve Carell has had a hit-and-miss movie career so far. For every '40 Year Old Virgin', there's a 'Dinner For Schmucks' not far off. For every 'Little Miss Sunshine', there's an 'Evan Almighty'. While it may not be much of a surprise that he's joined the Mandate Pictures film 'The Dogs of Babel' - a story about a man trying to get his dog to talk to him - what may come as a shock is that the film isn't a comedy.
'Dogs' - written by Carolyn Parkhurst - tells the story of Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor whose wife dies under unexplained circumstances - his dog Lorelei the only witness to the event. Throughout the course of the book, the story alternates between Paul's desperate and grief-stricken attempts to teach his dog to speak (so that she can recount the final moments of his wife's life) and his rose-tinted memories of his history with his wife that gradually shed light on her death. While there are light-hearted moments in the novel (there is a whole underground group of people who are convinced that they can speak to animals, as well as a "Miss Cleo"-type TV psychic that Paul reaches out to for answers), it is intended as the tragic tale of a man dealing with loss in an unconventional way.
The press release from Mandate Pictures calls the story "tragic and beautiful" which begs the question - will this be another strong dramatic role for Carell that really lets him flex his acting muscles, or will they adapt the script into a goofy, light-hearted "dramedy" about a frazzled Steve Carell trying to get his dog to talk to him in an ever-expanding set of wacky hijinks?