Baumbach. Stiller. PENGUINS.

April 2, 2010


The recent trend of directors known for quirky adult films (Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson) doing children's book movies MERGES with that trend where there were a few movies with penguins for a bit there (remember that?) with news Noah Baumbach, whose Greenberg just hit theaters, will be reteaming with Ben Stiller for an adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins:

Baumbach is in talks to direct Stiller in 20th Century Fox's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," based on the beloved 1938 children's book. Stiller also is in talks at this point; no deal has been made.

"Mr. Popper" is the tale of 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 an icebox. Soon, Mr. Popper receives a female penguin from a zoo and before he knows it, he has a litter of 12 beaked birds.

When the penguins start to eat him out of house and home, Mr. Popper forms Popper's Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and causes mayhem at every stop.

I don't know if this is a good fit because, honestly, I've never heard of this book until now. But this does give me a great idea for a Blues Traveler side project...

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