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LA Based animation company Illumination Entertainment struck gold last year when it dug into the world of Dr. Seuss for its latest feature. The company, along with Universal Pictures, adapted a feature length version of The Lorax and the box office results were outstanding, movie making $214 million domestically and $348 million globally on a minute $70 million budget. So of course now it's double dipping time, but the twist is that they're developing a feature length version of a Seuss book that was just adapted a few years ago.
According to Variety, Illumination and Universal are teaming up to make a digitally animated version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. While a writer hasn't been hired yet to tackle the script, the trade notes that whoever gets the assignment will be sticking to the book and creating a faithful adaptation (unlike The Lorax, which had to invent more than a few new storylines in order to make the film feature length). The project will actually be the third Dr. Seuss project for Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri, as he also made Horton Hears a Who through his Blue Sky banner at Fox. Pete Candeland will direct the new film
The main conflict that the project runs into is the fact that Ron Howard made a live-action version of the story only 13 years ago with Jim Carrey. But according to sources there will be "opportunity to explore the story from a perspective more in line with underlying tones of the book," which they hope will help differentiate the two films. How it will compare to the 1966 Chuck Jones classic could be another matter, however.
It should be a huge surprise that Illumination would want to tackle Grinch next: Howard's version made nearly $350 million by the end of its run.