I mean this is the nicest way possible, but what the hell has happened to Brendan Fraser? Let's all think back to the year 1998 when I was convinced Fraser was going to get the credit as an actor he so deserved after starring in Gods and Monsters. Then, when he took his spot as Indiana Jones' heir apparent in The Mummy, it seemed like he was slated to be the next big thing. But, here we are 10 years later, and let's just say I'm glad I didn't put any money on my earlier claims. Fraser has been happy to hang in the kiddie flick ghetto, and judging by this latest announcement, he has no plans on leaving any time soon. Variety reports that the man has just signed to star in the family-friendly flick Furry Vengeance for Summit Entertainment (since I will give credit where credit is due, I have to admit I do like the title).

Fraser will star as a land developer whose new subdivision encroaches on a band of angry critters out in the wilds of Oregon. Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert (Mr. Woodcock) wrote the script, and Roger Kumble (College Road Trip) will direct. Considering the director and the writers are famous for slightly raunchier comedies, you have to wonder what inspired them to take a walk on the 'G' side of life.

Fraser will be heading back to drama soon enough, as he has signed to star alongside Harrison Ford in the medical drama, Crowley. Not to mention, there is talk that Fraser will be popping up in G.I. Joe later this summer, too. So while I've got nothing against family films, there is still a big part of me that hopes Fraser decides to pick more projects that require a little less mugging and a lot more acting.

Furry Vengeance will start production this summer.