Robert Downey Jr. will star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, based on the character from the 1920s series of children's books by Hugh Lofting. Rex Harrison starred in a 1967 movie version of the story that won a couple Oscars, and Eddie Murphy starred in a reboot and its sequel in 1998 and 2001.
What's more surprising in THR's report is that Stephen Gaghan, the writer and director of Syriana and Gold, is set to pen the script with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd and helm the movie.
In a competitive situation, Universal won the rights to the hot package after it hit the town and garnered multiple bids from studios last week.
While we sit here and attempt to process all of the information we just received into our minds, we'll do our best to let you know that a release date for The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has not been announced and no other details have been made available. The property has spawned several films before it.More news: Northwestern Wildcats return home after dream season comes to an end
Downey was most recently seen as Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The book The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle found the Doctor training a young assistant, Tommy Stubbins, and setting off on an adventure to Spider Monkey Island to rescue his kidnapped friend, Long Arrow.
He has also written the screenplay, after winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for Traffic.
CAA packaged the deal and represents Gaghan, Downey, and Roth/Kirschenbaum.