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Fox, Walden Join Family Circus

20th Century Fox and Walden Media has picked up the rights to Bil Keane's classic comic strip THE FAMILY CIRCUS, reports Deadline.com.

20th Century Fox and Walden Media has picked up the rights to Bil Keane's classic comic strip THE FAMILY CIRCUS, reports Deadline.com. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir have been tapped to pen a script for a live-action adaptation. John Baldecchi and Stacy Maes are the producers

Bil Keane created the single panel comic strip in 1960 and continues to work on the strip with his son Jeff. King Features claims it's syndicated in more paper than any other comic strip in the world.

Hilgenberg spent years trying to contact the Keanes who have always avoided film adaptations. After many unreturned phone calls, Bil answered and Hilgenberg made an impression.

The deal is said to be worth six figures against seven figures.

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