According to The Hollywood Reporter, superstar Robert Downey Jr.
Universal Pictures just won a bidding war for a new project called The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, with Downey attached to play the lead and Oscar victor Stephen Gaghanplanning to direct from his own script. (The Avengers, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) is taking a crack at a potential new franchise for himself by agreeing to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle for Universal Pictures.
The Doc was created by Hugh Lofting in the 1920s in a series of children's books set in the Victorian era. The story follows the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.
Lofting's character was portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical "Doctor Dolittle", which won Oscars for best original song and best visual effects. The character made a comeback in 1998 when Eddie Murphy took on the role in Doctor Dolittle, which turned out to be the 6th-highest grossing film that year. The Fox film was a success and resulted in four sequels, although several went direct-to-video.
Who knew we needed a big-budget reboot of Doctor Dolittle?
Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey's "Gold", will helm the film from his own screenplay.
In a world where remakes and reimaginings are seemingly the only business in Hollywood, it seems as though it was just a matter of time before Dr. Doolittle got the treatment.