Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey to Make Love in Prison


In June I reported that Jim Carrey was to star as Steven Russell in the film adaptation of the Steve McVicker novel I Love You Philip Morris about a married father/conman who finds himself in the Texas prison system where he falls in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris. The romance prompted four escape attempts and a lifetime jail sentence for Russell.

CarreyVariety reports that Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Philip Morris: “Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar will produce with Far Shariat. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is fully financing, and Besson is exec producer…Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote the script, based on a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker. Production will begin in spring, once Carrey completes starring in “A Christmas Carol,” playing multiple roles in the Robert Zemeckis-directed performance-capture film for Disney.”

Of Russell, Variety writes: “His love for Morris motivated his escape from prisons four times, once by using a green pen and bucket of water to change his prison outfit into what appeared to be surgical scrubs, another time by faking his death from AIDS and signing his own death certificate. Morris eventually got out, but Russell’s escapades got him a 144-year sentence.”

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