In the endless quest for pre-packaged, globally recognized movie franchises, this week Warner Brothers is in negotiations to acquire the movie rights to another pretty ridiculous license. You thought movies based on board games were a stretch? How about a movie based on the Guinness Book of World Records? The annual tome is something that nearly everyone has heard of, but pulling a story out of strange statistics and offbeat accomplishments is likely going to be a pretty incredible feat in and of itself. On the other hand, I suppose it can’t be any harder than making a movie based on What to Expect When You’re Expecting (which, as it turns out, just tanked at the box office).
According to Deadline, the project is being set up at Thunder Road with Basil Iwanyk (Clash of the Titans, The Town) producing, and they have hired Danny Chun (The Office, The Simpsons) to write the script. Based on Chun’s previous experience, you’d think they had a comedy in mind, but apparently it is being envisioned as “an action adventure film”. That’s funny, I was envisioning something more along the lines of Tod Browning’s Freaks.
The article points out that Paramount has been trying to get a Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not! movie off the ground for years now with Jim Carrey once attached to star and Tim Burton on board to direct. The difference is that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! was going to be a biopic about the life of Robert Ripley, which actually sounds pretty compelling. Unless we’re talking about the history of the Guinness Book of World Records itself, this is going to be a pretty tough sell. What do you think, could a movie based on the Guinness Book of World Records actually work or is it just another terrible idea?