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'Hop' Director Tim Hill in Talks to Direct 'Walter the Farting Dog' (Exclusive)

Mary Parent has come on board to produce as the film moves from Fox to Paramount.

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Hop director Tim Hill is in talks to direct Walter the Farting Dog for Paramount Pictures. Mary Parent has come aboard to produce with the Farrelly brothers, who had been attached to direct and produce when the project was at Fox.

Walter is based on a series of children's books written by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, and illustrated by Audrey Colman, about a family living with an exceedingly flatulent dog. Toy Story co-writers Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow have written the screenplay adaptation.

Conundrum's Bradley Thomas is also producing the feature, which Fox recently allowed the company to take to Paramount. The four Jonas brothers had once been attached to star, but they are no longer involved with the project.

Parent was a champion of the Farrellys' Three Stooges project when she was worldwide motion picture group chairman at MGM. Peter and Bobby Farrelly are in post-production on that film now for Fox, which picked up rights after MGM became ensnared in a major financial restructuring.

Repped by Gersh and Principato-Young, Hill is also developing a remake of Short Circuit for Dimension. He has directed Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, which grossed $183 million worldwide earlier this year.

Parent also has New Kid and The Mighty on her slate at Paramount through her Disruption Entertainment.

Conundrum recently produced Hall Pass for New Line and The Heartbreak Kid for Paramount.