Universal Plans Animated Remake
of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Universal Pictures wants to remake a Christmas classic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio plants to revisit How the Grinch Stole Christmas through its Illumination Entertainment division. The new 3D film will be directed by animation veteran and commercial director Peter Candeland.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas began life as a children’s storybook by Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodore Geisel) in 1957. The tale of a holiday-hating monster who decides to steal Christmas only to realize the whole endeavor is about more than just the things we buy for ourselves and one another was turned into a half-hour animated special in 1966. Chuck Jones directed and Boris Karloff pulled double duty as the narrator and the voice of the main character. The special still airs every year.
The character went on to star in a pair of specials called Halloween Is Grinch Night and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat in 1977 and 1982. Universal made a live-action feature directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey in 2000. Universal went on to produce a series of successful Seuss adaptations like the live-action Cat and the Hat and the CG-animated Horton Hears a Who. Last year Fox released its own CG adaptation of The Lorax.