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Exclusive: Ken Kwapis to Direct Live-Action Dilbert Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 26, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 26, 2010 |

In 2007, Moviehole reported that Chris Columbus (Stepmom, Mrs. Doubtfire, the two weakest Harry Potter films) had snatched up the about-to-lapse film rights to Scott Adams’ Dilbert, possibly with an eye toward directing. That was the last that the project was ever mentioned, and that page is now missing from Moviehole’s archives.

I don’t know what happened to the Chris Columbus project, but the Hollywood Cog is reporting that Phoenix Entertainment, the production company behind Shutter Island, the Robocop remake, and Zodiac is now developing a live-action feature film based on Dilbert along with Intrigue Entertainment.

When the idea was put out there in 2007, the few people who reported it suggested that a live-action Dilbert might compare unfavorably to Office Space or “The Office.” And, as if to make that an even more likely reality, Phoenix Entertainment has brought Ken Kwapis aboard to direct. Kwapis has directed multiple episodes of “The Office,” in addition to She’s Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and the execrable License to Wed. He’s also directing the upcoming Everyone Loves Whales with John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore.

No one has yet been announced to star as Dilbert, but if we were to extrapolate from Kwapis’ resume alone, I suppose it’s not too far fetched to imagine John Krasinski in the role. But there again, I’m just spit-balling. I hope I didn’t get anything in your eye.

Tariq Jalil (who actually was also attached to the Columbus announced project as producer) is producing. He’s also produced the upcoming Marmaduke and attempted to bring a version of the British show “Spaced” over to America.

Let’s all throw rocks at him.

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