Chris Meledandri Revisiting Curious George for More Mischief
If the traditionally animated version of Curious George released a few years back didn't tickle your fancy, you'll have another chance to see the famous literary monkey cause more mischief coming soon. 24 Frames reports Illumination Entertainment, the company created by Chris Meledandri (former Fox Animation President and producer of films like Ice Age and Despicable Me) is developing another computer animated adaptation of the famous book series. The film will apparently feature the same "wry animated images" from Despicable Me, but with a completely new story featuring George and The Man in the Yellow Hat yet again.
If you're too old, too young or just don't remember your childhood very well, the series of children's books focused on the adventures of George - a primate (whether he's simply a monkey or a chimpanzee is up for debate depending on the illustrator) who's taken out of the jungle by an eccentric explorer to live in the city. But the city is full of trouble for George to get into whether he intends to or not. Though Will Ferrell lent his voice to the previous animated adaptation (directed by Matthew O'Callaghan), the film wasn't a big success. This will be a fresh start for the family fare property with a script from Little Fockers writer Larry Stuckey.
Surely Illumination and Universal are hoping to duplicate the surprise box office success of this summer's Despicable Me, but I think they'll have better luck with adaptations like Where's Waldo and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax rather than revisiting something that's only a few years old, but you never know. Anyone curious?