Family Circus heading to the big screen?

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.

15 thoughts on “Family Circus heading to the big screen?

  1. I’d love to see this set in the early ’70s. Other than that I have a hard time picturing it- at least having it be distinctive over other family comedies.
    Set in the early ’70s, this would be great.

  2. OK. Let’s dream cast this puppy:

    Dad/Bill: Shia LaBeouf
    Mom/Thel: Megan Fox
    Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ: CGI
    Not-Me: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Barfy: The dog from Cujo

  3. Dad/Bill: Jeff Daniels
    Mom/Thel: Jennifer Connelly
    Billy: Dennis the Menace
    The dashed line following Billy: CGI
    Dolly: Susie Derkins, from “Calvin and Hobbes” fame
    Jeffy: Jeff Keane cameo
    PJ: SweetPea
    Not Me and Dead Grampa: Casper or Charlie Brown in a sheet
    Grandma: Betty White
    Barfy: Alf

  4. Ed Power: “Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ: CGI”

    I like that. But who will do their voices?

    Billy: Tracy Morgan

    Dolly: Sacha Baron Cohen

    Jeffy: Sean Connery

    PJ: Country music superstar, Toby Keith

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