Fox Bringing Comic Strip 'Family Circus' to the Big Screen Next
So I guess the Marmaduke movie was successful enough? Wait, it only made $33 million, this doesn't make sense at all! Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is teaming with Walden Media (also of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well) to adapt Bil Keane's comic strip The Family Circus. Yes, this is that lovable single-pane comic about a family with four children, usually causing trouble. Apparently a lot of studios were interested in turning it into a big family franchise, but Fox and Walden came out on top and will be developing this as a live-action feature with John Baldecchi and Stacy Maes producing. Read on!
Apparently it took over two years for the producers to even get a phone call with Keane, but they finally got in touch and made enough of an impression to eventually work out this deal. Screenwriters Bob Hilgenberg & Rob Muir (of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue) will pen the script for the Family Circus movie. I actually don't think this is the worst idea, but it's a bit odd. Seems like they're just trying to capitalize on the brand name of the comic. What kind of story are we going to get out of this besides just a family comedy? I can understand Marmaduke because of the big talking dog, but that ended up looking quite awful anyway. I'm hoping for something better with this, but I doubt it'll turn out great. Is it already doomed to suck?