Robert Downey Jr. To Become Dr. Dolittle


By Michaela Bush
Dr. Dolittle, anybody?

Universal Pictures just won a bid for a remake of “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”, and guess who’s playing the titular role? Tony Stark—I mean, Robert Downey Jr.
Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”, “Gold”) is directing and rewriting an old script written by Tom Shepherd. This script is based on the children’s books by Hugh Lofting. Susan Downey, RDJ’s wife, will be producing along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum. So far, this is the only information available for the film. Additionally, reports claim that the budget for this film could climb into the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” range, but only time will tell.

If Roth and Kirschenbaum take this movie in the same direction of some of their more recent endeavors—“Alice in Wonderland” and “Maleficent”—perhaps it is possible that we will see a fairytale-esque adaptation for this film. This would, of course, be more in line with the 1960s movie starring Rex Harrison.

The Dolittle franchise is one of many children’s stories to get a 21st-century reboot, following the footsteps of Disney with “Mulan” and “Cinderella”, among several others. The success of these movies in combination with Universal’s wildly popular hits “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets” could indicate the beginning of another huge franchise.
Eddie Murphy and Rex Harrison have brought Dr. Dolittle to life in previous films. The upcoming film starring Robert Downey Jr. is expected to begin once he’s finished filming “Avengers: Infinity War”. He’s been cast in an announced third movie in the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, as well as an untitled John Brinkley biopic. Of course, fans can expect to see him in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” this summer.
Is anyone looking forward to seeing what the great improv guy, RDJ, can do with this new role? What style do you hope or expect to see this film remade into—comedic like Murphy’s or a fairytale like Harrison’s, or perhaps something new entirely?

    One Comment

  1. Paul GorzkowskiMarch 22nd, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    These producers and production companies are showing their laziness and lack of talent by their constant remakes and refurbishing of old greats. Instead of finding new material by the countless unsung writers in the world, they’d rather go for the easy desperation of cash cows. And like the other flops in recent years, such as Ghostbusters, Evil Dead, Poltergeist, and Footloose, this too shall crash and burn at the box office.

    I still remember when movies were creative, fresh, new, and very well put together. Those days are long gone. It’s now all about desperate attempts at refurbishing, rehashing, and re-washing the old greats…. Instead of giving new writers a chance. This entertainment industry has become pathetic!

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