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Dr. Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat' … Comes Back?

The Cat in the Hat
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What happens when "The Lorax" scores the biggest opening of 2012 to date (and took the #1 box office spot in its second week as well)? You start planning for more Dr. Seuss movies, that's what!

However, Universal and Illumination Entertainment aren't turning to "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," "Green Eggs and Ham" or even "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" for their next animated Seussian adaptation. They've got their eye on what might be the most popular Seuss story of all time (next to "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"), "The Cat in the Hat," according to Deadline.

What makes this rather surprising news is that Universal already brought the "Cat" to the big screen in the form of the 2003 live action film starring Mike Myers (under a ton of makeup) in the title role. "The Cat in the Hat" grossed $101 million domestic and another $133 million worldwide - but at a budget of $109 million, it was still considered a disappointment.

More importantly, though, is the fact that no one really liked that movie, even though everyone loves the story of "The Cat in the Hat." And now that everyone loves the movie of "The Lorax" as well, it's time to strike while the iron is hot.

"The Cat in the Hat" follows the title character as he brings a celebratory and rather creative form of chaos to the lives of two young siblings (referred to only as "Sally and Me") when their mother leaves them unattended in their house during a rainy day, much to the chagrin of their pet goldfish. The Cat returned for more mischief in a sequel, "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back."

Rob Lieber is set to write the "Cat" script, with Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment on board to produce alongside Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel. The 3D CG-animated feature is being developed alongside another Seuss project, a live-action biography film about the good doctor himself, Theodor Geisel, a role to which Johnny Depp is attached.

We have a feeling Mike Myers won't be involved in the new "Cat" at all, which has us wondering: Who will provide the voice of the title role? He's something of a gentleman trickster, so how about Christopher Plummer? Stay tuned for any and all "Cat" updates - and further casting musings.

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