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Paramount is pursuing RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT again!!!

Nordling here.


A few years ago, RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT was going to enter production with Jim Carrey starring and Tim Burton directing.  I asked Tim Burton about it and he seemed excited by the idea.  But the project never moved forward, and Burton went on to SWEENEY TODD.  As so many of these films tend to do, it went into turnaround and nothing much was heard since then.  At one point Chris Columbus was attached to it as well but it did not come to fruition.
Well, according to Deadline, looks like the film is back on again, but without Burton or Cloumbus at the helm.  Eric Roth has been hired to do the rewrite, overhauling the adventure script, with Jim Carrey still involved.
I read the original script, which actually seemed like a lot of fun - very RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARKesque - so I'm curious what Roth will do with the material.  Robert Ripley's life was interesting and amazing, definitely enough to warrant a film about him, and the original script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (ED WOOD) worked well enough on the page.  Since they're no longer involved with the project and Roth is now writing it, we'll see what happens next.
They have not announced a director as of yet.  Here's hoping they get someone who has the visual punch to go with the compelling story.
Nordling, out.
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  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Jaster

    Jim Carrey has done a lot of great films. He's also done a lot of utter garbage. Sounds like a fun idea for a film though.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    oh and FIRST FUCKERS!

    by Jaster

    *WHEW* Got that out of my system. ;)

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Too early

    by Pr_Frink

    When I first read the headline I thought it was another Tom Ripley movie. Much too early to still be up.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    This should be the title of that Alien prequel.

    by Namssorg


  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Dean Cain must be pretty happy to hear this

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He's jumping all over his 1 bedroom apartment after reading this

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    That belongs in a museum!

    by JAGUART

    The Museum of the Hard to Believe!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Also, Sweeny Todd is awesome

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Burton's been sorta meh for the last 6 or 7 years but sweeny todd is a great movie and it's one of the only instances where depp isn't playing depp.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    It does sound like a great Jim Carrey Vechile

    by thatfilmlover

    Would be nice if they could get a Director like Burton to give the movie its own unique visual flair too... seeing Eric Roth's name there made me think, what about ELI ROTH? I bet the guy could direct a broad comedy if he wanted to, and he has the dark sensibility to do a movie like this, that essentially revolves around exploiting freaks of nature for our own amusement, I hope KNB effects is involved at the *very* least.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by thatfilmlover

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Fett, you dink.

    by MikeTheSpike

    You can't retroactively call firsties; makes you look like a wishy-washy little pussy. You gotta claim it right then, right there, like they did back in WW2.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I wonder where Eli's fetish for violent children will fit in this script?

    by Zombieflicker

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Way to go redhead_redemption...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Finally someone has the balls to stick it to Dean Cain. I'm sick of that guy struttin' around like he's the cock of the walk!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    C Thomas Howell joins Spiderman cast

    by DonLogan

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Alligator Man

    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    he's played by The Rock. If Dolph Lundgren can get out of Expendables 2, give him the role of magician Doug Hennig.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST



    mais, oui.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I have a better idea...

    by SykoeEnt

    How about coming up with something new, you fuckers! Rehashed shit all the time....

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by TheSpaceHerpe

    I'm sorry, but I don't ever recall seeing a feature film about Robert Ripley, be in fiction or non-fiction story on him. I would say this is a pretty fresh idea.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see Jim Carrey do something different

    by lochkray

    He's been sort of hit and miss outside of the comedy department, but he has occasionally knocked it out of the park (Truman show, Eternal Sunshine, Man in the Moon - his performance, anyway. Didn't actually care for the movie as a whole). Ripley would be an interesting vehicle. And if they could get Burton involved again, all the better. I'd love to see him do a biopic again. Ed Wood was a fantastic, underseen, gem.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    ok ok...

    by bubcus

    I was trying to figure out how they'd make a movie out of the TV show semi-documentary Ripley's Believe it or Not but if they're doing a story about the man himself along the lines of Indiana Jones, then I am cool with this.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    A little less "Hot Topic" and a little more "bizzaro"...

    by fustfick

    I would much rather see this in the hands of someone like Jodorowsky, Cronenberg or Lynch. Those guys have a light adventurous side, too, right?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I don't believe it.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Had to be said.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I miss the old Jack Palance show

    by lochkray

    It was awsome. Sunday nights at 7. I don't remember the network. Any modern iterations of the show don't handle a candle to Palance hissing "Believe it....or not!" at the end of the segments. One of the few shows my family would watch together as a kid....ahhhh nostalgia.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Gondry for director??

    by biffy88

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by Dazzler69

    I thought this was real stories and the such....loved the old show with Jack P.