Illumination Entertainment to Animate The Cat in the Hat


In the wake of the tremendous box office receipts being generated by The Lorax (currently at over $130 million domestically), Illumination Entertainment has announced to Deadline their intention to adapt another classic Dr. Seuss story. Rob Lieber will adapt the tale for a 3D CG animated feature.

Arguably the most famous children’s book of all time, The Cat in the Hat was published in 1957 and tells the story of a young brother and sister stuck inside their house on a rainy day. Their parents gone, the pair — against the better judgment of their fish — let a mischievous cat into their house.

The Cat and the Hat was previously adapted into an animated television special in 1981 and a live-action feature in 2003 with Mike Meyers playing the lead.

Lieber, a relative newcomer, is also adapting the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 20th Century Fox. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right) is attached to direct that film.