Robert Downey Jr. had been one of the young actors who are still prominent in acting this times around. From his Tony Stark persona and Sherlock Holmes character, the highest paid actor this time is said to lead a classic children’s favorite film adaptation, “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.”
According to Hollywood Reporter, “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” is an adaptation of 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. With the draft written by Tom Shepherd, the film is said to be written again by Oscar winner for the best-adapted screenplay, Stephen Gaghan on his film “Traffic” last 2001.
After being put on screen last 1967 with Dr. Dolittle portrayed by Rex Harrison. “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” was again remake by renowned comedy actor, Eddie Murphy in a 1998 film with a 2001 sequel totaling $470 million worldwide. Yet this time, “Iron Man” actor, Robert Downey Jr. is said to take the role of the animal whisperer.
Deadline then reported that company responsible for “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Universal had won the right over a highly competitive competition. It was then said that 20th Century Fox who had made the film’s 1967 version and Sony responsible for Eddie Murphy version competed against the “Despicable Me” studio.
Along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum, Robert Downey and his wife, Susan is said to produce the film. With that said, the Downey couple has already produced three obviously isn’t cheap films after huge franchises, “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes.”
The production of “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” is then said to start early next year after Downey had finished the back to back installment of “Avengers: Infinity War.” The budget for the PG-friendly film is said to go as high as $160 million. Yet, no confirmation had yet been made regarding its release.
For the meantime, fans could expect much-loved actor, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the upcoming Marvel films, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The said films are said to be released in theaters July 7 and May 4, 2018, respectively.