Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is getting a movie adaptation, with Jon M. Chu (known for In the Heights and Crazy Rich Asians) on board to direct. A theatrical release is planned for 2027.
“Jon M. Chu is one of the most creative directors in the industry and we look forward to working collaboratively with Jon to capture the emotional and resonating messages found in Oh, The Places You’ll Go!,” said. Dr. Seuss Enterprises president Susan Brandt.
Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions signed on to adapt the children’s book for the big screen — making it the production company’s first animated project. Abrams, along with Bad Robot’s head of motion pictures Hannah Minghella, serve as producers.
“As soon as we made the decision to adapt Oh, The Places You’ll Go! as a musical we knew we wanted to approach Jon,” Minghella said. “Not only does he bring a passion and expertise in directing musicals but he also brings a deep humanity to all of his work. We’re thrilled to be on this journey together.”
Dr. Seuss Enterprises is working with Warner Animation Group — the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures — on adapting a number of titles. The first will be The Cat in the Hat film, directed by Erica Rivinoja and Art Hernandez, scheduled for release in 2024. Thing One and Thing Two (working title), an original feature length animated film based on Dr. Seuss characters — is also in the works.
Another joint venture between DSE and Warner Animation, the series Green Eggs and Ham, just released its second season on Netflix this month.
“We are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most beloved Dr. Seuss books to life for so many generation of Seuss fans,” said Courtney Valenti, president of production and development for Warner Bros. Pictures. “The pairing of this classic title, with the creative excellence of Jon Chu and Bad Robot defines what we at WB try to achieve; marry great branded entertainment with singular creative talent.”