Universal Taking Stab At GRINCH Adaptation

HowtheGrinchStoleChristmasUniversal Pictures has announced that they are taking another stab at adapting the children’s classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas for the big screen.

The story, which is probably the most famous of all of the works written and illustrated by the children’s book author known as Dr. Suess, will mark the second time that the book has been adapted. This time, Deadline is reporting that the film will be animated and directed by All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 helmer Pete Candeland from a script by You, Me And Dupree writer Michael LeSieur.

Previously, Ron Howard directed a live action version Grinch starring Jim Carey in the title role in 2000 that was, to put in charitably, lacking. While I wish them better luck this time around, I have to wonder if there is enough material in the book to truly expand it out to feature length. We’ll see how they manage things when The Grinch Who Stole Christmas hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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FilmEksis
January 16, 2014 8:10 am

Universal Taking Stab At GRINCH Adaptation http://t.co/8Um9ZsnUv4

Steve Rowles
January 16, 2014 9:15 am

IMHO, the Ron Howard/Jim Carey movie was unfairly panned by critics with unrealistic expectations. A story as basic as The Grinch are like most Dr Suess stories, and they never translate well when making it a live action, feature length film.

With that said, I though not only was the movie wholly entertaining, it was exactly what an adaptation from the book/cartoon should have been. I don’t think it could have been any better!

Agree to disagree, I guess. ;)