I don’t know who reads The Family Circus, although I’m sure they’re perfectly nice people. For those who haven’t read Bil Keane‘s 42-year-old daily comic (now drawn by his son Jeff Keane), it’s basically “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. Fox and Walden Media have been trying to turn the strip into a live-action franchise since 2010, and now they’ve hired writers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (The Game Plan) to pen the script.
Perhaps The Family Circus is far more popular than I think. According to Variety, “The Family Circus books have sold over 13 million copies, and more than 60 collections of the cartoons have been published.” Of course, I’m sure there was data saying that Marmaduke would be a big hit. If studios are bent on opening the Sunday funnies as they’re source of inspiration, perhaps they can pick up Liō, which is actually clever, and would be a challenging adaptation since the character never speaks.