Steve Carell earlier this month
By Jeff Sneider
The shockwaves from the Sony hack have finally reached Hollywood’s development community, as New Regency has pulled the plug on its Steve Carell movie Pyongyang, which Gore Verbinski had been prepping for a March start date, an individual familiar with the project has toldTheWrap.
Based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences working in North Korea for a year.
Delisle spent two months living in North Korea’s capital, where according to Wikipedia, he struggled with the difficulties of outsourcing and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state. He was authorized to bring Aphex Twin CDs, Gitanes cigarettes, Hennessy cognac and a copy of George Owell’s novel 1984, but left the country with no expectations to ever return.
Steve Conrad wrote the script, having previously worked with Verbinski on The Weather Man. Verbinski had planned to produce Pyongyang through his Blind Wink banner.
Representatives for New Regency, Verbinski and Carell did not respond to multiple requests for comment.