Looks like the Grinch is headed back to theaters, 3D style. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is working on an animated remake of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Universal is working with its Illumination Entertainment division for the reboot, which did the recent adaptation of The Lorax as well. Peter Candeland will direct the feature and Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination, is set to produce. There is no writer attached to the project as of yet, but Audrey Geisel—the widow of Theordor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) who is generally involved in Dr. Seuss adaptations—will executive produce.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has done well in all media realm since its release. The original story was published in 1957 and was adapted into a cartoon for a Christmas TV special in 1966. Universal put a different spin on the story when they released a live-action version in 2000. It was received with mixed reviews, but the film still made about $345 million worldwide.
Additionally, other Dr. Seuss adaptations have been fairly successful at the box office, including Universal’s The Cat in the Hat live-action adaption that brought in $101 million. Horton Hears A Who! brought in about $154 million and The Lorax earned $214 million.