Benedict Cumberbatch is The Grinch! And this time, he doesn't have to wear those painful contact lenses that almost made Jim Carrey walk off the set of the live-action adaptation back in 2000. Because this reboot of the popular Dr. Seuss story is going to be a fully animated feature film. Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment, the company behind this new take on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, made the announcement from CinemaCon 2016.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be directed by Pete Candeland. The movie will arrive in theaters next year just in time for the Holiday season, debuting on November 10, 2017. Some footage was shown off to those in attendance for this massive Las Vegas convention. And it's said to be quite stellar. During the presentation, Chris Meledandri also showed off the first ten minutes of The Secret Life of Pets and the first 20 minutes of animated animal musical Sing.

Other big news to come out of this presentation is the fact that South Park creator Trey Parker is voicing the main bad guy in Despicable Me 3, which hits theaters in 2017. The villain is named Balthazar Brat. There is also a new Minions short on the horizon titled Mower Minions, which will make its theatrical debut alongside The Secret Life of Pets, opening wide this July.

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be the second Dr. Seuss animated movie for Illumination Entertainment following The Lorax. And it is said to be quite a departure from the original iconic Christmas special released in 1966. Says Chris Meledandri about the project.

"What we've set out to do with this telling of the Grinch is make it both modern and traditional at the same time. When I say that I mean from a traditional standpoint, we've really tried to go back to what we perceive as the essence of what Ted Geisel was communicating. What I love about his work is that at the center of it, of all of his stories, are very, very simple and universal ideas. The last telling of the Grinch focused a little bit more on sort of the commercialization of Christmas and how the commercialization of Christmas can lead us down the wrong path. For me, in reading what Geisel wrote, I view it more from a character perspective. I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed in the Grinch and this absolute innocence represented in Cindy Lou, on a collision course with one another through the course of this movie. It's the simple question of whether or not innocence can transform cynicism. The beauty of that simplicity for me is what's at the heart of the movie. In the experience of the movie I love the sort of wicked comedic aspect of this character the Grinch and I think that what you'll see is from the very, very early animation tests, very raw, you'll see that there's an undeniable appeal in the character in spite of that kind of, sort of wicked persona, and I find that very, very, appealing and attractive. Our choice in directors on one hand, Yarrow Cheney, who's come up through our process of having been a production designer and now co-director and directed one of the sweetest shorts we ever made, called Puppy, combined with Pete Candeland who is really best known for his work co-directing all the animated Gorillaz videos. The modern and the traditional coming together. And I think our choice in voice will also immediately suggest the distinction of the film."

What do you think? Can Benedict Cumberbatch outshine Jim Carrey as the Grinch? Or is this one story you've seen just too many times? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think!

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