Blue Sky doing Seuss

Horton Hears A WhoTomorrow’s HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has a story that Fox/Blue Sky’s next feature following ICE AGE 2 will be an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ HORTON HEARS A WHO! The film is scheduled for release in late-’07 or early-’08. No director is attached to the project yet, but the screenplay is being written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, whose prior writing credits include THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 and BUBBLE BOY. Those writers are the only part of the announcement that raises a red flag for me, but otherwise I’m confident that Blue Sky will do a fine job with this project. Full details at THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER website. The REPORTER piece neglected to mention that HORTON HEARS A WHO! was previously adapted to animation by Chuck Jones in 1970. For my money though, the most entertaining animated adaptation of Seuss’ Horton character is Bob Clampett’s HORTON HATCHES THE EGG (1942).