In a remake no one saw coming, it looks like every preschooler’s dream is about to come true. Dora the Explorer is about to hit the big screen — but not in animated form. No way. According to Deadline, a live-action version is being planned and Paramount is hoping it’s just the beginning of a beautiful franchise.
It’s being produced by Mary Parent (The SpongeBob Movie), while Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots) has signed on to script the project. No word on casting or plot but we think we can hazard a guess.
Hola! Dora wants to go somewhere with her best monkey pal, Boots, her talking backpack, Backpack, and Map but needs help getting there.
They hit an obstacle and need to solve riddles and puzzles with an assist from the audience.
They throw in a little Spanish and counting, just for good measure.
But their biggest roadblock is Swiper, that sneaky fox, a kleptomaniac whose kryptonite is Dora saying “Swiper, no swiping” three times. Think a masked, furry Beetlejuice.
They come across many of the friends like Tico, Isa and Benny and, if we’re lucky, her cousin Diego and Big Red Chicken.
We might get a glimpse of the grumpy old troll who, really, looks more like the Lorax than anything.
And the Explorer Stars have to make an appearance at some point, right?
Dora will get to her destination and the “We Did It!” song will be forever burned in our brains.
It might be what every parent is dreading (well, after the Smurfs movies) but if we cross our fingers, maybe we’ll get a grittier version. Maybe something like this?