Jim Carrey Takes on Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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Jim Carrey has signed on to play the lead in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, reports Deadline.

The project, announced for development earlier this year, is based on the storybook by Richard & Florence Atwater, a perennial children’s classic since 1938. The story tells of Mr. Popper, a house painter whose letter to one of his heroes, an Arctic explorer, results in the gift of a dozen penguins that arrive on his doorstep.

Earlier plans were to have Noah Baumbach direct with Ben Stiller in the lead, but it was subsequently suggested that Mark Waters would helm, a report that the latest news seems to confirm.

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