Doctor Dolittle Reboot Set To Star Robert Downey Jr

Universal has landed the rights to the project that Stephen Gaghan wrote and will direct

The classic character - who of course can talk to animals - is heading back in a new adventure, named The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

This will, no doubt, be a great role for Downey, seeing as how versatile an actor he is, portraying a superhero, a literary legend and various dramatic roles, as well. It was written by Leslie Bricusse based on Hugh Lofting's novels: The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Doctor Dolittle's Circus. Universal won the rights to the package after a competitive bidding war. Dolittle was the protagonist in Lofting's series of children's books, which were first released in the 1920s and centered on a physician who abandons his human practice when he learns he can communicate with animals. The 1967 musical was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and Eddie Murphy starred as the titular character in several movies in the late '90s and early 2000s. This version is aiming to shoot next year after Downey is done shooting Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.

Gaghan won a best screenplay Academy Award for "Traffic", and wrote and directed "Syriana". Susan Downey's credits include the Sherlock Holmes franchise, "The Judge", and "The Brave One". Additionally, Gaghan and Downey are repped by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller; and Roth/Kirschenbaum by Ziffren Brittenham.

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