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Fox, Walden set writers for ‘Family Circus’ film

Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price to adapt comic strip

Fox and Walden Media are running away with “Family Circus,” hiring the writing team of Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price to adapt the comicstrip as a live action project.

“Family Circus” has been in development since 2010, when Fox and Walden picked up the feature rights and set up the project with Jon Baldecchi and Stacy Maes.

Bil Keane debuted the comicstrip in 1960 that was based on his own family. In recent years, the strip has been drawn by Bill’s son Jeff Keane.

The daily strip, syndicated to 1,500 newspapers, consists of a single captioned panel with a round border. The “Family Circus” books have sold over 13 million copies, and more than 60 collections of the cartoons have been published.

Michael Bostick, Amanda Morgan Palmer and Carol Tang are overseeing “Family Circus” for Walden, with Lauren Levy Neustadter overseeing for Fox.

Millard and Price just sold the “Grievances” series pitch to ABC as a look at the co-dependent friendship between a single woman and happily married mother of three, who start their own law firm after being screwed over by their male bosses.

Their first feature film was Disney’s “The Game Plan,” and they are currently adapting the young adult novel “Fallen” for Mayhem Pictures and Inferno.

Millard and Price are represented by Paradigm and Karl Austen.

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