Smoking!The Mask costars Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz could soon find themselves reunited in a new comedy, according to trade reports.
Columbia Pictures denies the casting report, still sources claim Diaz is at the top of the list to become Carrey's better half in a remake of the 1977 comedy Fun with Dick and Jane that's on the fast track to development since the funnyman signed on last week. According to Variety, Catherine Zeta-Jones is another leading lady contender.
Since Diaz's feature film debut in 1994's The Mask and her subsequent breakout Farrelly brothers' blockbuster There's Something About Mary, the actress has risen to A-list status alongside Carrey, commanding $20 million for her role in the upcoming Charlie's Angels sequel.
If Diaz joins her former partner-in-crime, she would play one half of a cash-strapped upper middle-class couple who become bank robbers to maintain their swanky suburban lifestyle. The original starred George Segal and Jane Fonda as the misguided couple.
While there's still no script, director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Brian Grazer are already attached to the project, which is expected to begin production within the next few months. Columbia's update will be penned by Peter Tolan (Analyze This, America's Sweethearts) and overseen by frequent Carrey collaborator Judd Apatow--they worked together on The Cable Guy and Apatow's done uncredited rewrites on Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty.
After the success of Bruce Almighty ($171.4 million in three weeks), Carrey's reps are eager for their client to do another comedy since production on the thesp's next movie Lemony Snicket has been pushed back to winter 2003 and won't be released until the 2004 holiday season.
Diaz's calendar isn't quite as empty. She's promoting the upcoming release Charlie's Angel: Full Throttle. The sequel to the hit 2000 movie, which grossed more than $125 million in domestic ticket sales, hits theaters June 27. In the movie, Diaz is reunited with her original Angel costars Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu and joined by Bernie Mac as the new Bosley and Demi Moore as a fallen former Angel.
Diaz is also in the studio lending her voice to a follow up to the 2001 hit Shrek in which Princess Fiona and Shrek return from their honeymoon to meet her parents, who are unaware that the newly minted couple are both ogres. The animated laffer is due out summer 2004.