Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are to make a strange pairing on a contemporised version of the classic American musical Damn Yankees. Now excuse me while I pillage the plot from Variety: "a happily married middle-aged man whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team. He's transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for Boyd's soul. Boyd can break the deal, but the deadline occurs during the World Series. For good measure, the devil engages Lola, a gorgeous lost soul, to seduce the slugger and seal his fate." It is thought that Carrey will play the devil, while Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Boyd. The musical itself first debuted on Broadway in the 1950's, and has been stained into America's pop-culture consciousness ever since. No director has yet been signed on to helm.