Jim Carrey is up for the titular role in the film adaptation of the beloved 1938 children’s book “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.
Sean Anders and John Morris are adapting the story which follows Mr. Popper (Carrey), a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox.
Before he knows it, the painter has a litter of twelve beaked birds. They eat voraciously, leading him to form Popper’s Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and creates mayhem at every stop. Carrey beat out the likes of Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Owen Wilson who were also circling the project.
The new version will have Carrey portraying a New York businessman who receives a half-dozen penguins rather than just the one.
“Greenberg” helmer Noah Baumbach and star Ben Stiller were previously considering re-teaming for the project but are no longer involved. Mark Waters (“Freaky Friday,” “Mean Girls”) is directing and John Davis is producing. Production kicks off this October in New York.