Ready to spend another rainy day with The Cat?
Four Dr. Seuss films have hit the big screen so far, two of them being live-action efforts, while the other two are CGI animated. Most people would like to forget that The Cat in The Hatstarring Mike Meyers ever existed, just as the planned sequel was eventually scrapped. While minds can never been completely scrubbed clean, Illumination Entertainment is going to try as they get the chance to turn the character into a huge success just as they did The Lorax.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures, after two straight weeks of being #1 at the box office, has greenlit a 3D CG-animated feature for The Cat in The Hat, which will be helmed by producer Chris Meledandri and executive producer Audrey Geisel. The script will be penned by Rob Lieber, who just adapted the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for 20th Century Fox.
In a business sense, The Cat in The Hat seemingly deserves a second chance. Easily the most recognizable Dr. Seuss story, it’s the only story who’s sequel has been adapted in animated form, and if the CGI film proves successful, a sequel certainly is a strong possibility.
Of course, this comes as real no surprise. The Lorax, a fellow Seuss property, opened with the biggest weekend of the year at $70 million. Universal’s seeking to tap deeper into the Seuss library seems like this may just be the beginning. With The Lorax‘s run as well, Illumination Entertainment has proved its worth with Despicable Me, Hop, and now this third film. The three combined are poised to bring in at least $1 billion, with the anticipated Despicable Me 2 set to drop next summer as well.