Universal and Illumination to team on new CURIOUS GEORGE movie
Some combos just go together, and Hollywood is rife with them as of late. TWILIGHT and tweens. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a tie-sweater combo. Popcorn and soda. It seems as though there is a new winning match-up brewing as of late: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.
Riding on the wave of success from DESPICABLE ME, Universal and Illumination are now planning to continue their recent romance. Soon after the release of DESPICABLE ME spelled "winner" at the box office, the studios locked down a sequel, and now news from the LA Times says the companies will be joining forces yet again on a brand new CURIOUS GEORGE flick.
The first film, starring the voice talents of Will Ferrell as Ted, or The Man With the Yellow Hat, was by no means a failure, but evidently, the studios feel it could do better than its humble $58 million box office take. The film will not be a sequel to the first, nor a direct-to-DVD sequel, but rather a clean slate to the entire story.
The Times had this to say about the story:
“[the movie] is expected to feature the wry animated images of DESPICABLE ME and will spin a new story of George the monkey/chimpanzee who’s taken out of the jungle by an eccentric explorer to live in the city, where mischief always seems to find him.”
Could we have put that together ourselves? Most likely. But hey, at least now we know it will still feature the monkey/chimpanzee we've all grown to love. As of now, the only creative mind we know that is working on the project is Larry Stuckey, the mind behind LITTLE FOCKERS.
As a Pixar purist, I'm contractually obligated to say I hated DESPICABLE ME and everything else Illumination has ever done, but off the record, it's quite the contrary. While the only work I've seen from them thus far is DESPICABLE ME (which I did enjoy), they are also to credit for HOP, the upcoming film that revolves about the Easter Bunny being hit by a car and the offending driver that must save Easter. Russell Brand voices the Easter Bunny. Tell me that doesn't sound like gold.