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A seven figure bidding war for the rights to...a Family Circus movie?

10.12.2010

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but even I can still be taken off guard when I hear the things they're turning into movies these days. Comic strips? Fine. I'm half surprised there hasn't been a live-action Dilbert movie already. But The Family Circus? Really?

The single panel, overly family friendly strip has long been described as people who are a fan of actual humor as the bane of the funny pages. Here's an example of why, in case you are unfamiliar:

What? Cause they both have humps? Is that the joke?

In any case, Fox paid seven figures for the rights to the series to turn it into a feature film. Hopefully it won't be a bunch of creepy CGI cartoon children, but I don't think this humor is going to effectively translate into a good feature film. It doesn't even translate into a good comic strip.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone who can keep a strip this lame going for this long MUST have some kind of fanbase I suppose.
Source: Deadline

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8:13AM on 10/13/2010

This is set up to be...

...an awesome dark comedy, with gothic overtones. It will be a study of the problematic family relationships, questionable ethical beliefs and tainted morality. Can't wait!
...an awesome dark comedy, with gothic overtones. It will be a study of the problematic family relationships, questionable ethical beliefs and tainted morality. Can't wait!
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7:04PM on 10/12/2010

Why so surprised? Shit's been around for 60 years.

This movie will BANK, and these greedy, soulless studio's know it. Take a look around. 75% (I'm being generous with that number) of the people on this planet are brainwashed dolts with double digit I.Q.'s, just doing what they've been told is right. They're too distracted to know any better, and they'll line up for this shit just for the slight-nostalgia & kid-friendly family values. I hope I'm not coming off as grandiose or pretentious. I just think you're giving the masses too much credit in
This movie will BANK, and these greedy, soulless studio's know it. Take a look around. 75% (I'm being generous with that number) of the people on this planet are brainwashed dolts with double digit I.Q.'s, just doing what they've been told is right. They're too distracted to know any better, and they'll line up for this shit just for the slight-nostalgia & kid-friendly family values. I hope I'm not coming off as grandiose or pretentious. I just think you're giving the masses too much credit in this case, Paul.
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8:38PM on 10/12/2010
Not pretentious at all...you've just described why religion keeps alive in an era of logic.
Not pretentious at all...you've just described why religion keeps alive in an era of logic.
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5:18PM on 10/12/2010

The Family fucking Circus...

Just waiting to suck.
Just waiting to suck.
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5:08PM on 10/12/2010
starring blake lively, ice cube,kevin james, jen aniston and the beiber.
-and special guest star tom savini.
starring blake lively, ice cube,kevin james, jen aniston and the beiber.
-and special guest star tom savini.
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4:45PM on 10/12/2010
These comics are awful. But then the newspapers have never been a place for humorous comics.
These comics are awful. But then the newspapers have never been a place for humorous comics.
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11:44PM on 10/12/2010
That is completely untrue for one reason ... Calvin and Hobbes ran in Newsday for a long long time.
That is completely untrue for one reason ... Calvin and Hobbes ran in Newsday for a long long time.
3:04PM on 10/12/2010
Wow. If they're adapting strips, give me animated Bloom County and Calvin and F'n Hobbes! What, will the Family Circus have Billy's travels all over the neigborhood marked by that dashed line? Ned Flanders thinks this strip is lame.
Wow. If they're adapting strips, give me animated Bloom County and Calvin and F'n Hobbes! What, will the Family Circus have Billy's travels all over the neigborhood marked by that dashed line? Ned Flanders thinks this strip is lame.
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2:12PM on 10/12/2010
Paul,
The kid in the strip, who is "based" on the actual son of the strip's creator - is an animator at Disney. He was the lead animator on Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tarzan, among others. His name is Glen Keane.
Here is a blog about him:
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What is strange though is that Glen wasn't on Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame movie...
Paul,
The kid in the strip, who is "based" on the actual son of the strip's creator - is an animator at Disney. He was the lead animator on Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tarzan, among others. His name is Glen Keane.
Here is a blog about him:
[link]

What is strange though is that Glen wasn't on Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame movie...
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3:00PM on 10/12/2010
Fun fact, and makes me wish even more than with that talent he made a good comic.
Fun fact, and makes me wish even more than with that talent he made a good comic.
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2:06PM on 10/12/2010

Cynical bunch I see

Family Circus is a cute comic. It'll be around longer than half the shit passing for children's entertainment. Anyone remember the black & white Blondie film series?
Family Circus is a cute comic. It'll be around longer than half the shit passing for children's entertainment. Anyone remember the black & white Blondie film series?
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2:00PM on 10/12/2010
It's amazing how much money is wasted on dumb ideas.
It's amazing how much money is wasted on dumb ideas.
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1:03PM on 10/12/2010
Piece of shit gets turned into a pile of shit.
Piece of shit gets turned into a pile of shit.
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12:53PM on 10/12/2010

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Or made some sort of pact with the devil.

Every time I think of this comic I remember what Timothy Olyphant said in "Go." And then make a conscious effort to ignore it.
Or made some sort of pact with the devil.

Every time I think of this comic I remember what Timothy Olyphant said in "Go." And then make a conscious effort to ignore it.
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12:32PM on 10/12/2010
After I saw the first horrible trailer for Marmaduke, I joked with my friends that next they'll want to make a Family Circus movie and it will be even shittier.
Someone must have heard me.
I apologize, everyone.
After I saw the first horrible trailer for Marmaduke, I joked with my friends that next they'll want to make a Family Circus movie and it will be even shittier.
Someone must have heard me.
I apologize, everyone.
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2:47PM on 10/12/2010
So, it was you! Why, I oughta...
So, it was you! Why, I oughta...
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12:18PM on 10/12/2010

bad

badddddddd. i dont even think old women find this crap "cute." how the hell has this lasted so long? the kids arent even cute, they are fat mongoloids.
badddddddd. i dont even think old women find this crap "cute." how the hell has this lasted so long? the kids arent even cute, they are fat mongoloids.
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