The big screen adaptation of the once popular children’s TV series, Dora the Explorer has finally been giving the green light over at Paramount after Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have jumped on board to produce the project.
Also joining the production is The Muppets and Neighbours director/writer, Nick Stoller after the film had been stuck in limbo since 2015 at Paramount when both Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) was attached to adapt the screenplay writing and had Mary Parent producing.
The story looks set to have grown with the leading character, Dora, no more a 7-year-old child but in her teens who has moved to the city to live with her cousin Diego. No other details have yet been released for the picture. A release date has yet to be finalised but it’s rumoured that Paramount is looking to a 2019 release.
The TV series aired on Nickelodeon between 2000 and 2014 and ran for 172 episodes, which, these days for a fourteen-year stretch aren’t that many. The show focused on Dora, a young American Latina who, along with her monkey, Boots, faced riddles and characters like a thieving fox named Swiper as she went on quests.
Platinum Dunes, who are responsible for movies such as Transformers and Ninja Turtle outings has a first-look deal with Paramount. Nick Stoller is also no stranger to the world of children’s animation, he has dabbled with the likes of Storks and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. He currently has Night School, a comedy that he wrote, filming with Kevin Hart starring.