Jim Carrey loves to play with animals -- either real or imagined -- and his latest outing will be an adaptation of a 1938 children's book 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' by Richard and Florence Atwater.

The book is about a house painter who dreams of exploring the Arctic and writes a letter to Admiral Bird, who answers him on a radio show, and then sends him a penguin from the North Pole. When he gets a second, female penguin, their numbers begin to multiply and the painter's life is turned upside down. Jim Carrey loves to play with animals -- either real or imagined -- and his latest outing will be an adaptation of a 1938 children's book 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' by Richard and Florence Atwater.

The book is about a house painter who dreams of exploring the Arctic and writes a letter to Admiral Bird, who answers him on a radio show, and then sends him a penguin from the North Pole. When he gets a second, female penguin, their numbers begin to multiply and the painter's life is turned upside down.

The adaptation -- which will be updated to modern New York City and will center on a high-powered businessman (Carrey) who inherits six penguins who wreak havoc on his apartment and life -- was a hot property for a while in Hollywood. Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Owen Wilson circled the project until Fox, which owns the book rights, began talks with Carrey this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mark Waters ('Mean Girls,' 'Freaky Friday') will direct.
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