In what is certainly one the signs of the end times, 20th Century Fox is inexplicably going ahead with an adaptation of Bil Keane’s The Family Circus, which is pretty much the least funny Sunday morning comic ever (this includes you, Gasoline Alley). Somehow, 20th Century Fox thinks a single-panel comic with overly sentimental and saccharine one-liners (or a whole panel consisting of dots showing you where a kid walked all day) will be a smash.
That’s right—Fox and Walden Media bought the rights to The Family Circus in 2010, and hired Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue writers Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir to write the screenplay. While it hasn’t been announced if Hilgenberg and Muir’s screenplay is being revised or simply abandoned, today news broke that Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price have been hired to write the film.
/Film notes that Millard and Price have previously worked together on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s The Game Plan, and are currently developing an adaptation of the young adult novel Fallen.
The Family Circus first appeared 52 years ago, in 1960, and was created by cartoonist Bil Keane. Each week’s strip was usually a sentimental gag that your grandparents would get a chuckle out of, but would leave any sane and cogent person mystified as to why it was funny. Jeff Keane, Bil’s son, currently draws the comic.
What do you think of The Family Circus news?