Noah Baumbach, the writer/director best known for 'The Squid and the Whale,' won't be adding penguins to his menagerie any time soon.

Baumbach had been in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to direct 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' an adaptation of the 1938 kiddie-lit classic. Plus, Ben Stiller, star of Baumbach's current indie film 'Greenberg,' had been in talks to play the (human) lead, meaning Fox could have had a surefire 'Night at the Museum'-type family hit on its hands.

Now, however, Baumbach is out, reports the Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog. Which means Stiller may follow him out the door.
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