Steve Carell to Star in the Depressing-Sounding Dogs of Babel

Carell will play Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor, who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure.The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul’s grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died.

The movie, which is to be an adaptation of the book by Carolyn Parkhurst, will be adapted by Jamie Linden, whose previous writing credits include Dear John and We Are Marshall.