Animated Take on 'The Cat in the Hat'? Universal Has Plans for That!
From all accounts, Mike Meyers' 2003 live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic story The Cat in the Hat was an unmitigated disaster. Well, it looks like Universal and Illumination Entertainment are hoping you can put those memories out of your head, because they're bringing the story back to the movies. This time, though, they're taking the safe route. Deadline reports that this version will be a 3D CG animated feature. With the recent box office success of The Lorax, the film has been number one the past two weekends, beating John Carter, so another animated trip through the world of Dr. Seuss seems like a bingo.
Rob Lieber is writing the script, and he's a bit of a mystery in the entertainment world. So far he has no produced writing credits, but back in May of last year, he was set to write The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko's adaptation of the children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Illumination Entertainment seems to be in the Seuss business these days, what with The Lorax and their live action biopic set to star Johnny Depp as the legendary author, so let's hope this project is more in line with those than the Mike Myers misfire.