Jim Carrey signs on to 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

jim-carreyImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosThe long-gestating project about a man and his penguins is finally a go with Jim Carrey in the leading role. Carrey will play Mr. Popper, a New York City businessman whose life is turned upside down when he acquires six penguins in the mail. Mark Waters (Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles) will direct the script from Jared Stern (Bolt).

The movie, which will feature live-action and CG elements, is based on the 1938 award-winning book by Richard and Florence Atwater, and has been bouncing around Hollywood for some time. The most recent incarnation had Ben Stiller starring with Noah Baumbach directing. Jack Black had also circled the project at one point.

It will start shooting in the fall. John Davis is producing.

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  • mary q contrary

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t always like Jim Carrey, but I think he’s pretty great when he’s not going over-the-top. I just put Mr. Popper’s Penguins on my daughter’s reading list this year. It was one of my favorite books as a kid. I feel like a kid right now, actually, because this project is super duper exciting to me.

  • tundraaim

    great choice for mr. popper, love this book

  • J.

    I loved this book when I was 9 years old. But I fear the horrible penguin-CGI to come.

    • Summer

      What you said.

  • trina

    Great book, but I hope they won’t change the script or let Jim Carrey improvise too much and totally change the character, like he did with Count Olaf.

  • starr

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins was my favorite book growing up, can’t wait!

  • Matt

    Could be great. But please – no jive-talking, beat-boxing,break-dancing penguins!

  • teacher

    Ditto to the comments about….don’t change it too much. It’s awsome just the way it was written! I’ve used this novel for years in my classroom. The kids love it in it’s true form. Please don’t make them vulgar! Just funny!

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