Paramount hires Eric Roth to rewrite RIPLEY’S BELIEVE OR NOT film; Jim Carrey still in the lead role

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 13th, 2011

Hopefully this film can actually find some footing, as it’s getting a bit troublesome how difficult the road has been to the big screen for this project.

According to The Playlist, Paramount is still hellbent on bringing RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT to theaters, as the studio has tapped Oscar winning writer Eric Roth to pen the film’s screenplay. Roth is apparently doing an entire rewrite of the film’s screenplay, meaning that while it looks good for the project, it’s still a bit of a ways off.

The film was originally pulled back in 2007 just prior to the film starting production with Tim Burton at the helm, only to have Paramount try to change the film by completely rewriting the then Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski script. The film then lost Burton as its director and its shockingly high $175 million budget. Chris Colombus was set to helm the film next but it, thankfully, suffered a similar fate.

All has not been lost however. Jim Carrey, who has been attached to the film for some time, is still very much involved as newspaper man Robert Ripley. The film will follow his adventures through the world, finding the most interesting and truly weird things that can be hunted down.

While my interest in the film very much relies on the director involved, Roth’s addition does definitely bode well for the film. He’s a really great writer, and one that could do an absolute wonder with this project. Carrey is perfect for this role, so hopefully this is the last time we’ll have to be talk about this project being overhauled.

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