Steve Carell has signed up to star in a new cancer drama named Priority List.

The Hollywood Reporter says the actor will also produce the film alongside his colleagues at Carousel Productions.

Warner Bros has acquired the rights to a memoir by David Menasche. He was a teacher in Miami when in 2006 he was diagnosed with brain cancer and told he only had a number of months to live. Menasche is still alive after years of surgeries and chemotherapy.

A seizure ended his teacher career in 2012 when he decided to go on a cross-US journey to reconnect with students from his teaching career.

His memoir was published in January.