News has broken that Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. is to swap Tony Stark for talking animals, as he’ll star in the upcoming adaptation, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
Universal Pictures have secured the rights to the film – based on the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting – which will be written and directed for the screen by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold). Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.
The beloved and iconic character first hit the bit screen in the 1967 movie Doctor Dolittle, directed by Richard Fleischer, and written by Leslie Bricusse based on the Lofting novels The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, and Doctor Dolittle’s Circus. The story follows the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.
Right now there is little word on production dates, or prospective theatrical releases in the UK and US, but we are expecting more information to develop soon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter