Popper’s Penguins Test The [Mark] Waters

Mark Waters (“Freaky Friday,” “Mean Girls”) is circling a film adaptation of the beloved 1938 children’s book “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at 20th Century Fox says Variety.

Sean Anders and John Morris will adapt the story which 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 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.

“Greenberg” helmer Noah Baumbach and star Ben Stiller were previously considering re-teaming for the project but are no longer involved. Instead, Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are all said to be eyeing roles. John Davis is producing.