Stephen Gaghan’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has found it’s doctor. Robert Downey Jr. will be starring in the film based on the classic books by Hugh Lofting . Gaghan will be working with his own screenplay. The early draft for the Universal Pictures project was written by Tom Shepherd.
The story has been brought to the big screen before with Rex Harrison in the lead in 1967’s musical and later in 1998 with Eddie Murphy. That film and it’s 2001 sequel grossed more than $470 million worldwide.
Gaghan wrote and directed Syriana, won a best screenplay Academy Award for Traffic and an Emmy Award for an episode of NYDP Blue.
Universal Pictures acquired the project following bidding war. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and Susan Downey for Team Downey. Roth/Kirschenbaum Films’ credits include Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Maleficent. Susan Downey’s credits include the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge, and The Brave One.
Downey’s recent credits include Iron Man, Avengers, and the Sherlock Holmes films.
Stay tuned, kids….