Fox Plans “Popper’s Penguins” Films

20th Century Fox has landed screen rights to the 1938 children’s book “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” reports Variety.

The story follows Mr. Popper, 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 12 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.

Sean Anders and John Morris (“Sex Drive,” “She’s Out of My League”) have been set to write the screenplay and John Davis will produce.