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Director Mark Waters in early talks for 'Mr. Popper Penguins'

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Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) is in early talks to direct a movie adaptation of Mr. Popper’s Penguins for 20th Century Fox, Variety reports. Director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and actor Ben Stiller were previously tied to the movie, but are reportedly no longer involved. Instead, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, and Owen Wilson are rumored to be in the running for the lead role of Mr. Popper, a house painter who winds up with a stage act featuring a dozen penguins. Mr. Popper’s Penguins was a 1938 children’s book written by Richard and Florence Atwater.

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