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A Live Action ‘Family Circus’ Movie Is In The Works

Congratulations, Hollywood: You have finally come up with a project that sounds more ridiculous/awesome than Battleship. Wild idea or not, however, considering that we’ve seen big screen versions of both Garfield and Marmaduke, is it really that much of a surprise that someone wants to turn The Family Circus into a live action movie?The project — a co-production of 20th Century Fox and Walden Media — has reportedly been in development for two years, presumably spent working out how to make the long-running one-panel strip famous for its captions that veer wildly between the twee, sentimental and increasingly nonsensical into a narrative that could sustain a movie for more than an hour. Now, the writing team of Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price have taken on the job of translating Bill Keane’s creation into a live action movie, according to a report in Variety.

The two writers are relative newcomers to movies, having previously worked on Disney’s The Game Plan and currently adapting the YA novel Fallen. No director has been attached to the project as yet, but we can only hope that Michael Bay sees this as the next logical step from doing Transformers, just to increase the peeing robot potential. Or maybe “Not Me” and “Ida Know” will get a CG-animated short where they dance around wearing a rainbow afro wig?

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