Is anyone even interested in what Jim Carrey does anymore? The guy has made some solid films in his day, but recently I could care less. His films haven't really been that good at all. If your the head of the Jim Carrey fan club, I'm sorry to break it to you, but it's true. But hey, maybe there's a chance he will start making good movies again. He's has signed on to play the lead role in a new film called Mr. Popper's Penguins.
The film project is based on the 1939 storybook by Richard & Florence Atwater, and the movie adaptation was announced earlier this year. The story tells the tale 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. Deadline gives us an update on what the movie version of the film will be like:
The movie version takes the book into an upscale direction: a high-powered businessman suddenly inherits six penguins. As he gets acquainted with – and increasingly attached to – his winged roommates, Popper’s life quickly unravels: his swanky New York apartment is turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he’s long been working on is derailed, and he almost lands in jail. "But thanks to his new charges, Popper comes to understand the importance of family – human and otherwise,"
The first hatched plans for the film had Noah Baumbach directing, and Ben Stiller starring. Even Jack Black and Owen Wilson were looking at joining the project at one point. I guess things didn't really work out with that because now Mean Girls and Spiderwick Chronicles director Mark Waters is going to helm the film project with Carrey.
So why did the studio decide to go with Carrey? Because according to inside sources the studio got him cheap. There was a time when he was getting paid $20 million a movie. He's definitely not getting that now! What do you think about Carrey taking on the lead role of this film?