Robert Downey Jr.'s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been delayed to January 2020. The film will once again focus around a physician who discovers that he is able to talk to a variety of animals. The first incantation of Doctor Dolittle came in 1920 from Hugh Lofting's The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Lofting wrote a total of 13 Doctor Dolittle books prior to his death in 1947.
There have been a number of adaptations of the Doctor Dolittle stories over the years, but the most recognized and arguably the most popular comes from Eddie Murphy's version of the character in the '90s. The film spawned four less than thrilling sequels before the new Doctor Dolittle movie was announced, starring Downey. The film was previously slated for a May 2019 before being moved up to April 2019, but the release date has once again changed.
The Wrap reports Downey's The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been delayed by eight months. With this delay, the film is set to be released on January 17, 2020. Universal has apparently changed the release date once again in order to give the film a better chance overseas in countries like China, as well as in the hope of attracting audiences after the holidays.
So far, there has not been a lot of updates pertaining to the film; however, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has cast many well-known actors. While the actors might not be showing their faces on screen, several of them, such as Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Octavia Spencer, Selena Gomez, and John Cena, have been given voice acting roles as the animals in the movie. On the other hand, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen have been cast in live-action roles.
Even though it may be disappointing that the film has been delayed by such an extended period of time, it is probably for the best. April looks to be once again dominated by superheroes. Marvel Studios previously bumped up Avengers: Infinity War to an April release, which could potentially happen with Avengers 4. DC's highly-anticipated Shazam! also comes out in April 2019 along with the Hellboy remake, starring David Harbour. The remake of Pet Semetary will also be released that month, which will bring plenty of Stephen King fans to the theaters.
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is likely to bring in a good chunk of change for Universal itself, but it can now release in a less competitive timeframe and be marketed as Downey's first post-MCU movie. However, a January 2020 release will still give Downey's movie competition. Bad Boys For Life recently got a release date in the same month and another King adaptation, Doctor Sleep, will also be released at the end of January. That being said, January 2020 still seems like a safer option as compared to an April 2019 release.
Source: The Wrap
- The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (2020) release date: Jan 17, 2020