New ‘Curious George’ Movie On The Way

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It’s been over seven decades since the character of Curious George first appeared in the book by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. Over the years there have been many books featuring the popular primate, as well as films, TV shows, video games and even theme park attractions.

The most recent big-screen incarnation of Curious George was in 2006 when Universal released a film which had Will Ferrell voicing the “Man with the Yellow Hat” and which grossed less than $70 million worldwide (read: not a huge success). Just last year, a direct-to-DVD sequel was released called Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!

However, those looking for more of that Curious little monkey won’t have to wait too much longer, as a new big-screen version of the character is now on the way.

24 Frames reports that Illumination Entertainment – who recently had massive critical and financial success with Despicable Me – are developing Curious George in hopes that it will click with audiences in ways that the 2006 film – for some reason – failed to.

Although is too early to be certain, as far as we can see at this point the story of Curious George won’t be altered. It’s about a monkey called George, “who’s taken out of the jungle by an eccentric explorer to live in the city, where mischief always seems to find him.”

The script for the new Curious George will be written by Larry Stuckey, who wrote the upcoming Little Fockers, the third film in the successful Meet the Parents/Meet the Fockers series. That’s not exactly something to boast about and certainly not encouraging for those wanting a quality Curious George flick (yes, even an animated monkey deserves a quality motion picture icon razz New Curious George Movie On The Way ).

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Will audiences embrace another Curious George film after effectively ignoring the last one?

Curious George isn’t the only animated feature based on a well-known character that Illumination is working on: it also has Where’s Waldo? and Dr Seuss’ the Lorax in development. Unsurprisingly, the studio also has a sequel to Despicable Me on the way. Of those I personally am most interested in how they translate Waldo to the big-screen.

Although the 2006 Curious George didn’t connect with audiences (despite boasting the name Will Ferrell above the title), I think this new version will do better. If nothing else, using the marketing term “From the makers of Despicable Me” should be enough to get audiences interested.

Source: 24 Frames

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  1. The last movie was very boring, and the story was pretty bad. With all they had to work with they made it so plain. I hope this one is better.

  2. Wheres Waldo!!! Now thats a movie id actually see….

  3. I actually love the Curious George movie featuring Will Farell and Drew Barrymore. Jack Johnsom music was off the hook and I loved the story line. I didn’t care for the latest movie though, I think it was a direct to dvd movie. It just didn’t have the same brightness as the original (with Will)

  4. i hope the new movie is similar to the pbs series, which my son and i both enjoy. they could have it set at the ‘country house’ george and the man with the yellow hat like to visit, with all the strange neighbors and friends they have there. especially Bill, who doesn’t seem to know that george is a monkey, and jumpy squirrel, which makes my son shriek with laughter.

  5. My 2 year old is obsessed with both of the Curious George movies so far. They are kids’ movies so I guess the storyline really only matters to them. I just hope the new movie isn’t too “adult” for my little guy.

  6. my son loves the pbs show and yet showed no interest in the motion pictures. They need to bring the characters from the show and the narraration.

  7. My six year old son who has severe cerebral palsy is so in love with the George movies. He is non verbal, but the squeals of laughter and the happiness they bring him is amazing, he doesnt care about the story line or if he sees kissing, kids see worse on tv ads, anyway i am not allowed to put anything else on, if i do he cries and cries. We love it.

  8. I love Curious George. I’ve loved him when I was a little girl. I remember my Kindergarten teacher having my class sit down all around her and read the books.

    And now that I’m a mom of 4 all my kids love this little monkey two! Bring on all the Little Misteriv monkey as you can! My 20 month old son loves them! It makes me so happy to see him smile when it comes on.