Coming off of his surprisingly successful family flick, Wonder, author turned director Stephen Chbosky will turn his attention towards an Oscar-style biopic on Theodore Geisel. Chbosky came to fame for writing and directing the underappreciated, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, for which he also wrote the source novel. Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was an extremely popular children’s book author whose work has been made into countless animated and live-action films.
This will be Chbosky’s first film he’s directed and not also written. The script is to be penned by Jonathan E. Stewart and Eve Podell, both of whom have only ever written one film, Cars 3. The report originally dropped by Deadline states that the film will be, “Geisel in the 1920s as he struggles to find his voice as a writer before meeting his muse and future wife in Helen Palmer who propels him into becoming Dr. Suess. Thirty years later, a sudden illness cripples Helen and his career falters, until she ultimately inspires him to fulfill his destiny and create the iconic children’s book, The Cat in the Hat.”
Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax already has the animated feature reimagining of The Grinch with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.
More news will come as to who will play the author, though the role seems like it could easily be an Academy Awards worthy performance.
Source: Collider – “Wonder’ Director Stephen Chbosky to Helm Dr. Seuss Biopic”