According to The Hollywood Reporter, after a bidding war, 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have landed the rights to adapt Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who" as a computer-animated movie.
Horton the elephant, one of Dr. Seuss' (aka Ted Geisel) most lovable characters, will be computer animated by Fox's digital boutique, Blue Sky Studios, which launches its second feature, Chris Wedge's Robots, on Friday.
Christopher Meledandri, president of 20th Century Fox Animation, who supervises New York-based Blue Sky, approached Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the late author's wife and estate executor Audrey Geisel almost two years ago to discuss the possibility of creating a 3-D animated movie based on one of Dr. Seuss' books.
"I have always wanted to find a way to do a digitally animated Dr. Seuss movie," Meledandri said. "I have loved Dr. Seuss since I was a little kid."
The deal also comes with option to adapt the sequel as well, based on Seuss' "Horton Hatches an Egg."