Fox Bringing Comic Strip 'Family Circus' to the Big Screen Next

October 8, 2010
Source: Deadline

Family Circus

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?

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Noooooo. Oh pleeeeease noooo. There is absolutely no way they can make a movie and not ruin the name this comic strip. I've never been a fan of it really, but they cannot capture this on screen. This is a disaster.

yankeescf04 on Oct 8, 2010


This is probably the worst idea I've ever heard of in my life. Movies based on newspaper comic strips are never good, and Family Circus is like the worst of the newspaper comic strips. Doomed to suck.

Da Man on Oct 8, 2010


This is going too far! I have no interest in this. I occasionally read their comics and some are cute, but they are a bit too "family values" conservative. Cant imagine this will be a success.

jedibilly on Oct 8, 2010


I was just thinking that there was no way I could go on living without a Family Circus movie and BAM!!, there it is.

L on Oct 9, 2010


wait, family circus is a comic? and here ive always thought it was a daily lesson for aspiring comic artists in how not to be funny and successful... i wont even glance at this 'comic' because its complete lack of anything remotely funny is enough to ruin my day, just draining the good out of it

harrison on Oct 9, 2010


maybe they will have the kids grow up for once...wait...nevermind.........

Jericho on Oct 9, 2010


Claire: So, what do you have against The Family Circus? Todd: Okay. You sit down and read your paper, and you're enjoying your entire two-page comics spread. Right? And then there's the Family fucking Circus, bottom right-hand corner, just waiting to suck.

Film Fan on Oct 9, 2010


90 minutes of Jeffy walking around the garden and leaving a trail of black lines looking for Not Me? Riiiiiiggggghhhhttttt!

Hattori Hanzo on Oct 9, 2010


Some of the Family Circus is actually ok, but I really don't see how they can make a feature film out of a panel that takes all of 3 seconds to read. Maybe animated shorts like looney toons, but not an entire live-action movie.

Mayhem on Oct 10, 2010


No, the movie isn't doomed. We are. There is one adaptation of FC that does seem to work, and that is as a vehicle for the philosphy of Friedrich Nietzsche:

Joe on Oct 10, 2010


I think that scene at the end of Doug Liman's "GO" sums up why Family Circus would make a terrible film: "Okay. You sit down and read your paper, and you're enjoying your entire two-page comics spread. Right? And then there's the Family fucking Circus, bottom right-hand corner, just waiting to suck." "You could just not read it" "I hate it and yet I'm uncontroably drawn to it...and it ruins everything else you just read"

Marc on Oct 12, 2010

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