Exciting news for people who love penguins! Another great penguin movie is in the works. Originally published in 1938, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a popular children’s book about a poor painter who receives a penguin he names Captain Cook. As the story goes on Mr. Popper’s house becomes full of penguins which teaches him some important life lessons. The book is a regular read in classrooms 3rd – 5th grade, inspiring penguin themed lesson plans around the country.
Mr. Popper dreams about leaving his boring life and going on an adventure to the Antarctic. When the legendary Admiral Drake sends him a live penguin in response to his letter, he is thrilled. Very soon, he also receives a female companion for his penguin and they have 10 children. But Mr. Popper has enough trouble supporting his human family, and so he has the idea to take his penguins to the stage. Soon, Mr. Popper is up to his ears in adventure as he tries to manage 12 performing penguins and the trouble they inevitably get into. Mr. Popper”s Penguins remains a classic, read and remembered by generations of loyal fans. Now, 70 years after its publication, it will be given a fresh new voice as an audiobook to attract a new generation of listeners.
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The film adaptation is said to be an upscale spin on the book, with Carrey in the role of the titular Mr. Popper, now a high-powered businessman who suddenly inherits six penguins. As Popper becomes increasingly attached to his feathered friends, his life unravels and, you guessed it, wackiness ensues. According to the script synopsis, Popper’s swanky apartment turns into a winter wonderland, and he almost lands in jail.
It’s said the movie will begin production with Fox this October in New York. No word yet when the movie will open.