Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat proved a critical and commercial disappointment for Universal back in 2003 — so much so that Audrey Stone Geisel declared she’d never let Hollywood make a live-action adaptation of her late husband’s work again. But now, emboldened by the box office dominance of its Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax over the past couple of weeks, the studio is getting the pieces together to revisit the classic children’s tale in 3D, CG-animated form. Rob Lieber, who previously adapted the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is set to write the script. Hit the jump for more details.

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If last month’s trailer for The Lorax seemed surprisingly cutesy and sweet for an urgent environmental fable, perhaps the new Australian trailer will balance it out. Where the last one really played up the colorful setting and playful tone, the new video offers a much better look at the destruction the greedy Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) hath wrought. Seriously, the Once-ler seems to live in some Seuss-ified version of the bleak post-apocalyptic landscape from The Road.

Based on a classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the film sees a young boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who sets out to learn the true story of how the Once-ler came to trash the Truffula trees over the warnings of the righteous, if slightly annoying, Lorax (Danny DeVito). Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Johnny Depp has, improbably, become one of the world’s biggest movie stars. He has a great number of projects in the works, from Dark Shadows and a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie to Lone Ranger, The Thin Man and, a bit further on the horizon, a possible biopic of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Depp doesn’t give a great many long interviews, but he did recently appear on Larry King’s show as part of the promotion for The Rum Diary, which is the second film in which he plays a version of the late author Hunter S. Thompson. During that interview Depp touched on a number of upcoming projects. Among them was the Dr. Seuss biopic, which he says will incorporate animation and live action, with Seuss’ classic characters appearing alongside human actors. Read More »

Villanous Once-ler from ‘The Lorax’ Revealed [Gallery]

Anyone who read Dr. SeussThe Lorax as a kid is undoubtedly familiar with the title character, the mustachioed orange grump who speaks for the trees. The villainous Once-ler, on the other hand, has always remained more of a mystery. Seuss’ books showed only a pair of long, spindly arms, leaving readers to guess at the rest of his appearance.

We’ll never know exactly how Seuss pictured him, as the writer and illustrator passed away in 1991. But Universal has unveiled its take on the character in a new image from the upcoming animated adaptation of Seuss’ tale. Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda and produced by Christopher Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who), The Lorax features the voices of Danny DeVito as the eponymous creature and Ed Helms as the Once-ler. Take a look at the Once-ler, and a couple of other images, after the jump.

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Johnny Depp has already played two famous authors: Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. (You could say he has almost played a third, William Blake, in Dead Man.) Now he’s is set to produce a film about Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. And he’ll likely play the beloved writer and illustrator, as well. Read More »

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What if Dr. Seuss Wrote and Drew ‘Star Wars’?

The pitch here is pretty simple: what if Dr. Seuss had created Star Wars? Thanks to characters like Yoda and Jabba the Hut, and the basic morality of the story, it actually works pretty well. Check out the work of cartoonist Adam Watson after the break. Read More »

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