Columbus in Talks for 'Ripley's': Believe It!

October 24, 2008

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Chris Columbus is in talks to take over Ripley's Believe it or Not, a Paramount project with Jim Carrey set for the lead. From Variety:

After being unplugged months before a 2007 production start in China with Tim Burton at the helm, "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!" is getting a complete overhaul, based on a concept that Columbus pitched. Both Paramount and Carrey sparked to it, and the China-based storyline will be scrapped.

Once Columbus’ deal is closed, the studio will hire a writer to draft the project, which remains a Par priority: The studio is aiming for a 2011 release and is hoping the pic spawns a franchise. Columbus, who most recently wrapped "I Love You, Beth Cooper," is next expected to direct "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief," based on the Rick Riordan book.

Well, this project just took a bite of shit sandwich. A Tim Burton Ripley's Believe It or Not meant a decent probability of some twisted freaks, horrible mutants, and a cameo by Johnny Depp as conjoined twins. A Columbus Ripley's Believe It or Not reeks of broad family fun and a trailer that says, "this Christmas, let a half-man fill your heart..." I'd better get to see some freaks, buddy.

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