Brett Ratner & Edward Norton Team for 'American Hippopotamus'
With a story that sounds absolutely crazy, despite how true it really is, Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment banner are teaming with Edward Norton and his Class 5 production company to bring audiences American Hippopotamus. While it sounds like the coming of age tale of a hippopotamus trying to obtain the American dream, the real story is actually almost just as unbelievable. Way back in 1910, there was a meat shortage in the United States, and two enemies joined forces in an attempt to import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana with the intent to convince Americans to eat them. Read on!
This insane plan was actually endorsed by Theodore Roosevelt (who may have already eaten a hippo) and The New York Times. Deadline says the driving force behind the film will be the two lead roles, two men who were actually spies who hated each other and had previously been under orders to assassinate each other. This is the kind of story that ridiculous action comedies are made of, but it's all true. Frederick Russell Burnham, a rontiersman and freelance adventurer who inspired the Boy Scouts, was forced to team with Fritz Duqesne, known as the Black Panther, a con man and saboteur out for glory and revenge.
This sounds like a Coen Brothers comedy with a bit of Wes Anderson flair for good measure. And in case you don't believe this story, the digital book is available for purchase right now. This is the second collaboration between Norton and Ratner since they're also working on the long-gestating Motherless Brooklyn adaptation as well. But their relationship goes back all the way to 2002 when Ratner directed Norton in the Hannibal Lecter prequel thriller Red Dragon. This story sounds absolutely ridiculous, and I can't wait to see what kind of film it becomes. Sound good?