Following the success of last year’s The Lorax, Christopher Meledandri from Illumination Entertainment is reportedly working on a new animated version of Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Melendandri will produce with Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel onboard as an executive producer and Pete Candeland set to make his feature directorial debut.
After working as an animator on Balto and Bonkers among others, Candeland has been behind the music videos for the animated band Gorillaz.
In 2000, Universal released the reimagining of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a live-action version The Grinch starring Jim Carrey, which was not received well by critics and audiences, but the 1966 Chuck Jones animated version continues to live as a staple for Christmas movies.
It was announced last March that the studio’s next film will be an adaptation of The Cat in the Hat, but the plans have probably changed.
The new Grinch is described as more faithful to the book, as they will ‘explore the story from a perspective more in line with the underlying tones of the book.’
We might see this film around the time of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Chuck Jones animated special featuring the voice of Boris Karloff, so that means the film would likely arrive in 2016. There is no writer yet attached.
Watch the first part video for 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Source: Heat Vision