Blame Jeffy: Fox & Walden Media Still Adapting 'Family Circus' Comic
The other orange, comic strip cat Heathcliff is heading towards the big screen, but now another long running newspaper funny heading to movie theaters has an update. Variety reports Fox and Walden Media are still turning Family Circus into a feature film with The Game Plan writing duo of Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price scripting the live-action project. The adaptation of Bil Keane's comic strip that debuted in 1960 has been in development since 2010, and now it looks like it's finally getting some traction. No director is attached yet, but if the writing talent is any indicator, this won't be a groundbreaking comedy.
The comic, which is syndicated to 1,500 newspapers, uses a single panel to follows the trails, tribulations and lighthearted comedy that comes from being a family with four children. The husband and wife are believed to be fictionalized versions of the author and his wife, and their real-life five children serve as the inspiration for Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, and P.J, who are always asking some silly childlike question or getting into mischief. Part of me wishes this was an animated project as opposed to being a live-action piece of what will likely be family fluff, but the established name will certainly still rake in audiences.