Burton Departs Ripley Project

Coming Soon reports that Tim Burton seems to have left Paramount Pictures action-adventure “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” which Jim Carrey stars in.

Based on the life of Robert Ripley, an aspiring professional baseball player sidelined by injury. He then went on to visit 201 countries throughout his lifetime, all the while collecting information about strange oddities to appear in his columns and cartoons.

In the film, the eccentric, wealthy, world-renown collector goes in search of a magical, lost tribe of people. He must battle nefarious forces and come to terms with the man behind the mysteries.

Burton had been attached to helm the feature, written by Steve Oedekerk (Evan Almighty), and a winter 2008 start date was scheduled. Burton is currently directing Johnny Depp in the thriller musical “Sweeney Todd.”