Illumination Developing a Hybrid 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Movie
Soon - Clifford the Big Red CGI Dog! Following in the footsteps of Yogi Bear, Alvin and Hop, Illumination Entertainment is now developing a Clifford the Big Red Dog movie, according to THR. Illumination, partnered with Universal, is the studio behind the Despicable Me movies, Hop and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. I'm certain this is going to be another big property for them - because everybody loves Clifford! If you can imagine the 25-foot-tall big red dog in full CG glory, you'll understand why this sounds like a hit already. They've already got a writer working on a script, with Illumination's Chris Meledandri producing as always.
Coming off of mild family hits like Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, screenwriter Matt Lopez (who is also working on Huck and Asteroids coming up) has been hired to write a script for Clifford the Big Red Dog. The news only states that it'll be a "live-action/animated hybrid", but nothing much about the story. Clifford is the central character in a series of books by author and illustrator Norman Bridwell, first published in 1963. Most people I know have grown up reading Clifford stories at some point in their life, he's the adorable gigantic red dog, who can't love him? This all makes sense though, as next year (2013) is Clifford's 50th anniversary, and it's likely they'll have this ready for release by then.