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Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller may reunite for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 1st, 2010

With their latest film GREENBERG recently hitting theaters, director Noah Baumbach and actor Ben Stiller may already be planning their next effort together. However, it may not be the TRUMP HEIST which we recently reported on. Variety is reporting that Baumbach may be following in friend Wes Anderson's furry footsteps to helm his first children's film in MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS with Stiller starring. Both actor and director are reported as currently being "in talks" for the film, as no deal has been made with 20th Century Fox - the studio behind the film. With a script from Sean Anders and John Morris who wrote...HOT TUB TIME MACHINE and SEX DRIVE? Yep!

PENGUINS, based on a children's novel from the '30s of the same name, tells the tale of a house painter who longs to be an Arctic explorer. The man's dreams lead him to contact famous travelers, resulting in one sending him a real life penguin which he keeps in his ice box. Before the man knows it, he has not one but a dozen penguins, which he uses to form a traveling variety show called Popper's Performing Penguins.

As previously noted, Baumbach would be treading water recently swam by other indie directors who have tried their hands at adapting famous children's novels, including Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and Wes Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Coincidentally, Baumbach co-wrote the screenplay for FOX with Anderson.

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