Briefly: Ron Howard and Jim Carrey’s live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, from 2000, isn’t the most beloved movie out there — why watch that one when the original Chuck Jones animated version is so much more charming? — but it does have fans, and it made money.

But The Lorax made more money, and so now Universal, Chris Meledandri, and Illumination Entertainment are going to make a new 3D animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to follow up on Illumination’s other Seuss adaptations. Deadline says that Meledandri is producing with Pete Candeland set to direct. There’s no writer on board yet. Expect to see the film for Christmas 2014 at the earliest.


Having previously found success with both the Chronicles of Narnia and Toy Story franchises, Disney’s just acquired a pitch for a project that sounds like a combination of the two. The studio has signed a deal to adapt The Stuff of Legend, a graphic novel series published by Th3rd World Studios. Music video and commercial director Pete Candeland is set to direct the live-action/animation hybrid film, from a script by Shawn Christensen (Abduction). More details after the jump.

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When the character of Brodie in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats said “Everyone wants Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” turns out Disney executives were listening. They’re now developing a live-action/computer generated hybrid movie based on the classic attraction that’s been at Disneyland since the park opened in 1955. Commercial and music video director Pete Candeland has been attached to oversee the project, Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy) will produce and the search for a writer has begun. Read more after the jump. Read More »