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Forget 'March of the Penguins.' If Mark Waters gets his way, comedy will be the new groove for waddling birds on the big screen. The director is in early talks to helm an adaptation of 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' for 20th Century Fox, according to Variety.

Waters is best known for movies like 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' (2009), 'Mean Girls' (2004) and 'Freaky Friday' (2003), so 'Penguins' would fit in with his light-hearted style. The 1938 children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater follows the misadventures of Mr. Popper, a house-painter who has always wanted to visit the Arctic. When an admiral responds to Mr. Popper's fan letter with a female penguin as a gift, life changes forever for the painter and his wife. Forget 'March of the Penguins.' If Mark Waters gets his way, comedy will be the new groove for waddling birds on the big screen. The director is in early talks to helm an adaptation of 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' for 20th Century Fox, according to Variety.

Waters is best known for movies like 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' (2009), 'Mean Girls' (2004) and 'Freaky Friday' (2003), so 'Penguins' would fit in with his light-hearted style. The 1938 children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater follows the misadventures of Mr. Popper, a house-painter who has always wanted to visit the Arctic. When an admiral responds to Mr. Popper's fan letter with a female penguin as a gift, life changes forever for the painter and his wife.

Soon after, another penguin arrives and, as nature would have it, they deliver a big litter of 12 little birds -- and Mr. and Mrs. Popper have a lot of beaks to feed. Faced with the feeding frenzy, the pair launch a penguin stage act to offset costs, but it wreaks havoc along the way.

Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller were previously attached to direct and star, respectively. Jack Black, Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson are now the rumored actors under consideration for the role of Mr. Popper.