"Ripley's Believe It or Not" is a gruesome childhood staple -- chances are you've visited one of the chain museums, or caught one of its television incarnations sometime in your past.
So it's no wonder that Hollywood has wanted to put a movie about its origins on the big screen. Paramount has been trying to get a biopic about its founder, Robert Ripley, for years with no success. Names like Michel Gondry were floated around, and it was once set to be directed by Tim Burton, with Jim Carrey attached to star. But rumors of budget problems and script rewrites dogged the project, and Burton left in favor of making more movies with Johnny Depp (who can blame him?)
Now, according to Variety, director Chris Columbus is interested in taking on the job. Carrey remains attached to play Ripley, a newspaper-columnist and explorer who combed the world for weirdness. The script is getting a complete overhaul, with its expensive China-based storyline scrapped, in favor of a new pitch that Columbus made to Paramount. The new idea, which remains under wraps, has the approval of the studio and Carrey, so don't be surprised if it's quickly made official, particularly as they are aiming for a 2011 release.
Columbus and Paramount also hope that "Ripley's" will become a franchise, which suggests it's not taking the traditional biopic route, but aiming for high adventure and zany comedy. And really, what else would you expect with Carrey starring?
Well, readers -- does it really matter who directs, since it will really be a Carrey vehicle all the way? Are you up for seeing Carrey explore the world for freaky things, or are you tired of his comedic antics?