The makers of The Lorax, adapted from a Dr. Seuss book, have struck Seuss gold again by landing the project of making a new animated feature of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sources speculate the project will hit theaters in 2016, right around the 50th anniversary of the animated television special of the same name that continues to live long in seasonal re-runs.
According to Variety the project doesn’t have a set release date or even a writer. How the project will expand to feature film length is unknown at this time. Ron Howard made a live version of Grinch back in 2000 with Jim Carrey famously in the lead and while the movie made more than $350 million it lacks the polish that would have future generations considering it a “holiday classic” (unlike Elf, which came out just three years later).
Universal will distribute the movie worldwide while Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri will produce. Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel, will executive produce.
And because it is animated film fans can expect the project to be done in 3D, as well.