Mark Waters considering big screen adaptation ofMr. Popper’s Penguins

Let it be said: I love penguins. So I am tentatively excited for this. Though I’m hoping they’ll keep it a period piece.

According to Variety, Mark Waters (Mean Girls) may be directing the big screen adaption of Mr Popper’s Penguins for 2oth Century Fox. The classic 1938 children’s book tells the story of Mr. Popper, a house painter who dreaming of a more exciting life, writes letters to Arctic explorers and receives a penguin as a gift from one of them. After receiving a female penguin from the zoo, he ends up with a family of twelve penguins and decides to take them on the road as a traveling show. Chaos ensues.

Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are apparently eying roles in the film, but Ben Stiller, who was previously attached, has dropped out.

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 22:58 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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  • This is one of my all time favorite books, one of the few which has virtually lost the cover from rereading. My copy I actually borrowed from my 3rd grade teacher and never returned [shame, I know].

    But this terrifies me. Absolutely terrifies me.

    I think I could handle Carrey, but would prefer neither of the others. I think, in deference to the high-cheekboned artwork, would prefer Matt Frewer [who did a fabulous job as the Cat in the Hat in In Search of Dr. Seuss as well as being quite hilarious as Taggart in Eureka].

  • Ha! That might just be awesome. But, I'd see it as a period piece.

    But, could that mean a Pixar “Freddy The Pig” is possible?