Eric Roth Takes On “Ripley’s” Script

Three years after production fell apart just weeks before it was about to commence, Paramount Pictures is having another go at “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, a biopic about newspaper columnist and adventurer Robert Ripley reports Deadline.

The story follows Ripley’s search around the world for the most unusual people and places that he immortalized in his column, and his journey to appreciate that said unusual people were more than just conquests to be cataloged.

Tim Burton was previously set to direct the $175 million film which was to begin shooting in China in 2007 with Jim Carrey as Ripley, but a delay caused it to fall apart. A year later Chris Columbus was in talks to direct but that version never came to fruition either.

Now, Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth has been signed on to do a full rewrite of the script. Carrey is reportedly still attached for the lead role.