Slash Film is reporting that a live action feature film is in the works for Bil Keane’s Family Circus. The film rights are held by 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.
Deadline says Fox and Walden competed for the rights with several other studios, but beat them out with a seven figure deal against their six figures. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir, co-writers on Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, have been hired to write the screenplay. Producing the film are John Baldecchi (Ultraviolet, Cutthroat Island) and Stacy Maes (Jumper).
Baldecchi deserves points for persistence though; he spent two years calling and leaving messages in an attempt to persuade Bil Keane and his son (who inks and colors the comic) to make a movie, but they were resistant to the idea, so he never had any of his calls returned. One of those calls finally got through though, and he was able to convince them to move forward with the project. Apparently this is one brand Baldecchi didn’t intend to let slip by him.