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Eric Roth takes on Ripley project

Jim Carrey remains attached to topline

Paramount has tapped Eric Roth to write the script for its long-in-development action-adventure based on the exploits of Robert Ripley, the explorer and newspaper columnist who created “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”

Studio confirmed Wednesday that Roth (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) is on board and that Jim Carrey remains attached to topline.

Par announced six years ago that Carrey and Tim Burton were signed for the Ripley project with production expected to begin a year later for a 2007 release (Variety, Nov. 29, 2005).

Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks, who developed “Ripley,” were attached to produce along with Richard Zanuck.

Current producers on “Ripley” are Daniel, Jacks, Ken Atchity and Chi-Li Wong.

The studio also attached the writing team of Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who had worked with Carrey on the Andy Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon.”

At that point, the project centered on Ripley having attained celebrity status through a “Believe It or Not” column that chronicled his search for the greatest oddities on the planet. But the project stalled before production began.

Roth has penned Warner Bros.’ adaptation of 9/11 drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” produced by Scott Rudin. Carrey was seen most recently in “I Love You, Phillip Morris.”

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