After producing plenty of horror movies and big budget action movies over the past decade or so with his Platinum Dunes production company, Michael Bay is branching out a bit as a producer with this next project. Believe it or not, he’ll be moving into family-friendly territory with a big screen version of the Nickelodeon animated series Dora the Explorer. Surprisingly, this won’t be an animated movie, but rather a live-action take on the show. While I’m sure there are plenty of jokes to be written about what a Michael Bay version of Dora might look like, they do have an interesting writer-director involved that seems slightly more appropriate for a project like this. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has been hired to write a Dora the Explorer movie for Platinum Dunes and Paramount’s new Paramount Players division. A previous version of the project was being penned by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots, The Lego Ninjago Movie) but it sounds like they are essentially starting over again from scratch. No word yet on whether Stoller might also direct, but Michael Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
It is being reported that the movie will not focus on Dora as a 7-year-old but rather as a teenager who moves to the city to live with her cousin Diego. While that might sound like a laughable Michael Bay-ism, there is a more recent Dora sequel / spin-off called Dora and Friends: Into the City! that seems a little closer to this premise (although she is still only ten in that show). Perhaps they are hoping to bring in kids as well as teenagers who grew up watching the original show in the early 2000s. Stoller is primarily known for directing R-rated comedies, but he did write and direct the animated movie Storks and co-wrote The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie as well. Who’s psyched for a live-action Dora the Explorer movie???