By Sara Vilkomerson
Updated January 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM EST

Image Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosIt’s been an on-again/off-again project for years, but it looks as though Ripley’s Believe It or Not — about cartoonist, amateur anthropologist, and lover of strange and unusual facts, Robert Ripley — is back on with Paramount Pictures. EW has confirmed that writer Oscar-winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) has been brought on to do a major screenplay overhaul, and that Jim Carrey is still attached to play Ripley. (Deadline first reported the news.)

If this is all feels a bit like déjà vu, it’s probably because as far back as 2005 the blogosphere was complaining about the casting of Jim Carrey (at the time with Tim Burton attached to direct). But thanks to Carrey’s recent high marks for I Love You Philip Morris, good ratings and well-liked performance last week on Saturday Night Live, perhaps people will feel more kindly about him playing the creator of the famous radio show, who was once so popular he purportedly received more mail than the president of the United States.

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