Columbus Takes Over Ripley’s Film

Chris Columbus is in negotiations to direct the long-gestating “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” for Paramount Pictures reports Variety.

Jim Carrey is still set to star as newspaper columnist-explorer Robert Ripley who goes on strange adventures that defy explanation.

Originally slated to go into production last year with Tim Burton at the helm, Columbus has pitched a new concept that Paramount and Carrey sparked to.

As a result, the original China-based storyline will be scrapped. The studio will soon hire a writer to draft the project and is aiming for a 2011 release.