A new adaptation of Doctor Dolittle has been announced and at the helm of the movie will be none other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
Have you been pining for a reboot of Doctor Doolittle? Well, look no further. Variety is reporting the king of franchise movies, Robert Downey Jr. will star in the new film The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle. Yes, this means Tony Stark can talk to computers and now to animals. As you probably remember, the first Doctor Doolittle film was a musical made in 1967 starring Rex Harrison. It’s subsequently got a contemporary makeover in 1998 when Eddie Murphy took over and made it a franchise.
It’s still unknown what the Robert Downey Jr. remake will look like, but some speculate it will be along the lines of Snow White and the Huntsman and Alice in Wonderland. The reason for that is the producing team Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum that brought those movies to theaters is also at the helm for The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle. Writing and Directing the film for Univeral Pictures is Stephen Gaghan (Gold).
Production for RDJ’s Doctor Doolittle is scheduled to start next year but he several movies in various states of production. Downey is done filming Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming and is currently on set filming Avengers: Infinity War. He also has to prepare for his other franchise moneymaker, Sherlock Holmes 3.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has no bigger cheerleader than Robert Downey Jr. I have to note as of late he’s been hard at work attaching himself to jobs outside of his Iron Man persona. Downey has never stated if and when he would leave his comic book character behind unlike Chris Evans, but it makes me wonder if that’s where he’s headed.
In the endless cycle of rinse, wash, and repeat of Hollywood films, do you think a remake of Doctor Dolittle is a good idea? Tell us in the comments below what you think.