What a Thing: 'Family Circus' Film Coming

October 11, 2010


20th Century Fox, who dutifully brought us a Marmaduke film this summer, is at last ready to do the same for the other famous, inexplicably long-running series of printed anti-jokes. Deadline reports the studio is teaming with Christian production company Walden Media to bring Bil Keane's equally-conservative, God-loving/fearing comic strip The Family Circus to screens as a feature film. Capitalizing on all the hot buzz they got for being two of the six writers credited for Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir have been hired to provide the screenplay's jokes about those rascal children confusing homonyms, misunderstanding phrases, praying, leaving dashed trails in their wake, and being haunted by spectral forms known as Ida Know, Not Me, and Grandpa. Producers John Baldecchi and Stacy Maes have described the project as a live-action take on the franchise, but hopefully they only mean that in as much as Alvin and the Chipmunks was live-action; only CGI can truly capture the squat form of those perpetually-youthful stump children.

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