Universal and Illumination Developing Animated HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Reboot

     February 7, 2013


Universal Pictures is taking another stab at the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.  Over a decade after Ron Howard’s live-action film starring Jim Carrey, Universal and Illumination Entertainment—the studio behind Despicable Me—are developing an animated adaptation of the classic childrens book.  Peter Candeland is set to direct, and Illumination’s Chris Melendandri will produce with Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel onboard as an executive producer.  Hit the jump for more details.

how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-book-coverHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! will be Melendandri’s third Seuss adaptation after the charming Horton Hears a Who and the abysmal The LoraxVariety reports that producers are currently looking for a screenwriter to tackle the adaptation, but the studio is planning The Grinch as their next Dr. Seuss film to hit theaters.  This is a tad curious, as it was announced last March that an adaptation of The Cat in the Hat would be Illumination’s next film, but I guess the plans have changed.

The new Grinch is described as a faithful adaptation of the book, as they will “explore the story from a perspective more in line with the underlying tones of the book.”  Though I found Horton Hears a Who to be a lot of fun, The Lorax felt completely misguided with shoehorned pop songs and a muddled message.  Hopefully Candeland will take good care of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with this new iteration.

The film will mark Candeland’s directorial debut, but he previously worked as an animator on Balto and Aladdin: The Animiated Series and is attached to helm Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for Disney.  Illumination sparked to his “distinct look and style” for The Grinch, so I’m eager to get a look at what he has in store.  Next on tap for the studio is Despicable Me 2, which opens this July, followed by a Minions spinoff in 2014.  They are also developing a big screen iteration of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Watch the trailer for Ron Howard’s The Grinch below and experience maximum Who-ness:



    Whaat???? Why remake the only good one? Carreys version was fantastic, I don’t see the point in this at all. Would rather see a cgi version of Bat-Fink!

    • Shaun

      “Carreys version was GROTESQUE and HORRIBLE.”



  • Dequan

    Damn 1st was the cat now this

  • Mike

    The filmmakers ought to take a look at the animated specials “Halloween is Grinch Night” and “The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat,” as they were also written by Dr. Seuss and contain more details about Whoville and the Grinch. The makers of the 2000 live-action film didn’t use those as source material.

    • Ginger

      I agree.

  • Bruce LeeRoy

    (-_-) Waaaaaaaaah Dragon Punch@Universal Reboot The Last Dragon Dammit It’s Old Enough! SMFH I Use To Look Forward To Seeing New Movies Now I Buy Boot Leg or Watch On-line 1.I Got To See What I’m Getting in to so I’ll watch maybe 10-15mins If It’s Good 2.Hollywood Is In Reboot Over Load! R.I.P. The Grinch Should Have Kept Him On TV.

  • Joseph

    *facepalm* Really Hollywood?

  • Diashi

    Not necessary. No matter how much work gets poured into it, the Ron Howard version will still stand well on its own, and probably top the remake. It still holds up well as a successful christmas film, even after all these years.

  • Ginger

    Would you all stop your WHINING!! GOD!!