Following the massive box office success of their adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment is moving forward with another animated take on a Seuss classic. Deadline reports that Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Audrey Geisel (the widow of Theodore, aka Dr. Seuss) will begin developing a 3D CG-animated iteration of The Cat in the Hat. The book was infamously adapted in 2003 as a truly terrible live-action feature starring Mike Meyers, so I’d say a new version of The Cat in the Hat will be welcomed with open arms by audiences and Seuss fans. I was largely disappointed by The Lorax, and I really hope The Cat in the Hat is made more along the lines of Horton Hears a Who (which Meledandri made at Fox). The Lorax felt cluttered by pop songs and inorganic, cheap kids jokes, but I doubt they’ll veer from that formula given that the film is poised to make major money at the box office.
The next film from Illumination Entertainment will be Despicable Me 2, which opens next year. Meledandri is also developing a biopic about Geisel with Johnny Depp attached to star. They’re planning to infuse the film with both live-action and animated characters. Rob Lieber will write the script for The Cat in the Hat. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the Mike Myers version.