Somehow, Dr. Seuss adaptations on the big screen don’t quite live up to the books. Maybe it’s because the books are compact, light little affairs which don’t really sustain a feature-length narrative. Or maybe the people who’ve been handling these adaptations simply haven’t been doing a very good job.
Whatever the case, it looks like Hollywood isn’t going to quit anytime soon. Following last year’s so-so “The Lorax”, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are planning to make another classic Dr. Seuss tale. Today, The Hollywood Reporter scooped the news that an animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is happening. New director Peter Candeland has been hired to helm, while Illumination CEO Chris Melendandri is attached to produce the new version with Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, executive producing.
Here’s a description of the book: “First published in 1957, the Dr. Seuss tale follows the adventures of a curmudgeonly Grinch who, despising Christmas, decides to sneak into a nearby city, Whoville, and steal every decoration in an effort to spoil the holiday. What he finds instead is the true meaning of the holiday. The book was adapted as an animated special in 1966 and as a live-action feature film in 2000. The latter featured Jim Carrey in the lead.”
In a way, it’s a good thing they’re redoing this, if only to erase that horrid Carrey version from our memories. Or, if you’ve never seen it, then count yourself lucky and pray this new version doesn’t suck.