Actor Jim Carrey has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Freaky Friday director Mark Waters will direct, and the script was written by Sean Anders and John Morris. Written by Richard and Florence Atwater in the late 1930s, the book has been a favorite of grade school teachers and readers. In April, rumors surfaced that Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach were considering the project.
Here’s more from the article: “The film is on the fast track at Fox and will begin production in October in New York … In the new version, Carrey plays a New York businessman who receives a half-dozen penguins who wreak havoc on his business and apartment before he finds important life lessons in their presence.”