With budgets going out of hand in 2006 the studios are beginning to keep a watchful eye on their bigger projects. One such project was Paramount's Ripley's Believe It or Not. Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Tim Burton, the film's growing budget made Paramount a little too nervous.
Paramount Puts Delay on Ripley's Believe It or Not
According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has postponed Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Paramount, who had already grown nervous of the project when its proposed budget shot north of $150 million, finally pulled the plug when both Carrey and Burton decided that creative changes were in order. Any time a studio hears the word 'creative' it usually means more money.
The move doesn't really come at a loss. Paramount plans to return to the project at a later date -- within a year -- and Burton is now ready to get working on Sweeney Todd, a feature adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical developed by DreamWorks.
Ripley's, which had been earmarked for a November start with Jim Carrey as the titular explorer-newspaper columnist, is the second film that has left the star standing by. Last month Jim Carrey's other project, Used Guys, was cancelled by 20th Century Fox after its budget got too high as well (read here).
Jim Carrey continues to search for his next big thing.