Paramount Want You To BELIEVE IT OR NOT With Jim Carrey... Again

Oh lordy, lordy. Paramount must be getting desperate for a tentpole. Deadline say the studio are looking at reviving an adaptation of Ripley's Believe It Or Not for the umpteenth time as a potential film for Jim Carrey, an actor whose 'creative ideas' forced the studio in delaying & then pulling the plug four years ago on a near $200 million adaptation with director Tim Burton (and from the writers of Ed Wood) just weeks before was filming was due to start in China. A later version from Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Percy Jackson) also couldn't get off the ground for Carrey. Oscar winning Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has been tasked with a fresh screenplay that will once again find Carrey as the newspaper columnist Robert Ripley, who traveled the world to find & chronicle unusual people and places only to appreciate that the oddest people have feelings too. Surely, Karl Pilkington should be playing him? At OWF, we've been outspoken about Carrey's career demise, citing his lack of interest to do anything worthwhile with his career post-terrific turns in movies like The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, The Majestic and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.... and I would argue his career stock is as low as it's even been right now but this film sure does sound like the kind of big, ambitious, studio adventure/comedy - possibly in the vain of some of his 90's work like Ace Ventura - that could get the actor back on track with the general public. What interest for us in the mean time? Very little to see in this one... but I suppose, perhaps, there could be so romanticism in a global travelogue period piece under the right director, but probably not.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.