Kevin James, Zookeeper
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:20:03
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Kevin James, who proved he can carry a comedy after the impressive box office performance of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, is heading to the zoo. The comedian and former King of Queens actor will star as the title character in The Zookeeper for MGM. Frank Coraci, who helmed The Waterboy, will direct. The Zookeeper also finds the producers from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison shingle (who were behind Paul Blart) teaming up with James once again.
The film's plot concerns a lonely zookeeper who leaves his job since he can't meet a girl. The zoo's animals stage an intervention for their lovelorn caretaker. The spec was the subject of an intense bidding war last spring, with MGM eventually winning out. Producers stated that they have always envisioned James in the role. Production dates have not been sorted at press time.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff