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Jim Carrey the new Mr Popper

hollywood Updated: Aug 26, 2010 01:10 IST

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Funnyman Jim Carrey is on board to star in the big screen adaptation of 1938 children classic, Mr Popper’s Penguins. The actor has finalised a deal with 20th Century Fox to play the lead in Penguins.

Directed by Mark Waters and produced by John Davis via his production company Davis Entertainment, the film tells the story of Mr Popper. He is a high-powered New York businessman who suddenly has penguins to take care of, thanks to a house painter, whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers.

One of those explorers sends Mr Popper a penguin, which he keeps in an icebox. Soon, Mr Popper receives a female penguin from a zoo, and before he knows it, he has a litter of 12.

Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship. Fox acquired screen rights to Richard and Florence Atwater’s classic kids book a year ago.