Steve Martin watching birds in "Big Year" comedy

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steve Martin’s big year is getting even bigger.

The recent Oscar co-host and Grammy winner is in negotiations to go bird-watching in “The Big Year” alongside Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

The Fox comedy, which starts filming in May in Canada, is about three men who try to outdo each other in a bird-watching competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. The rivalry is an allegory for the challenges each faces in his own life.

Director David Frankel, who previously worked with Wilson in “Marley & Me,” will shoot from an adaptation of the 1998 book “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession,” by Mark Obmascik.

Martin is stepping into a role to which Dustin Hoffman had once been attached. He was last onscreen in the comedy “It’s Complicated.”