The L.A. Times is reporting that Illumination Entertainment, the animation company behind Despicable Me, is developing a new version of Curious George.

The movie is expected to spin a new story of George the monkey/chimpanzee (depending on whether you favor H.A. and Margret Rey's text or the tail-less images) who's taken out of the jungle by an eccentric explorer to live in the city, where mischief always seems to find him.

The Illumination film is expected to start from scratch. It's getting a script from Larry Stuckey, who wrote the upcoming Little Fockers, the third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise, for Universal.

Brian B.