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Robert Downey Jr. to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

So it's not too much of a surprise that Downey is set to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle where he'll play the eponymous physician who can communicate with animals. However, while both the Harrison and Murphy films were successful in their own ways, you have to imagine that with Gaghan at the helm (he previously wrote Traffic and Syriana), there's something more to the story than just a simple adventure where a guy can talk to animals. Tom Shepherd wrote an earlier draft.

Universal won the rights to make The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle after a heated bidding war between studios last week.

The character originated in a set of books from Hugh Lofting in the 1920s and it's unclear as to whether the new film will retain the same time period. The original arrived in 1967 starring Rex Harrison, but most of us remember the 1998 installment starring Eddie Murphy.

Downey will next be seen reprising his signature role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming Marvel Studios/Sony tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is now in the midst of the epic year-long shoot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War as well as its sequel. This version is aiming to shoot next year after Downey is done shooting Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.

Roth/Kirschenbaum Films' credits include "Alice in Wonderland", "Snow White and the Huntsman", and "Maleficent".

Sherlock Holmes \/em movie has been announced starring Downey Jr., but little is known about the film's status other than the intention to make the movie.

CAA packaged the deal and represents Gaghan, Downey, and Roth/Kirschenbaum.


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