Dolittle is expected to premiere in January 2020.
“Who would have believed that animals have their own side of things?” A very special doctor with a deep knowledge and love for animals discovers that he can talk to them. This moment of understanding is a light that takes John Dolittle, MD, from one adventure to the next. Doctor Dolittle, Polynesia the parrot, Gug-Gub the pig, Jip the dog, Dab-Dab the duck and Chee-Chee the monkey travel to Africa to save the monkeys from a terrible plague. Once there, they are captured and escape from the Jolliginki who want to serve them for dinner, avoid the wrong pirates who want to rescue them and discover wild and wonderful animals never seen before. Even the famous critic of African cannibal food, Mimi Eataton, makes an appearance. Dr. Dolittle comes to see that his love for learning along with his love for animals gives him a unique opportunity to speak on behalf of all animals. With the cooperation of all animals in Africa, the doctor creates a solution that ultimately protects the animals while providing a new and better job for pirates and Jolliginki. Perseverance, patience and creativity always win over ignorance. “
Fortunately, Robert Downey Jr’s upcoming film about the (fictional) man, myth and legend, Dr John Dolittle, has been re-named ahead of its 2020 release – to Dolittle.
It certainly gets to the point if nothing else.
After pushing back the film’s release date from May of this year to January 2020, Universal has also offered an official synopsis of the revamped Dolittle, promising an “epic adventure”.
Dolittle will follow eccentric doctor and veterinarian John Dolittle, played by RDJ, as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife and holes himself away in Dolittle Manor “with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company”.
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The synopsis continues: “When the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
“The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena), and a headstrong parrot (Dame Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.”
Rounding out Dolittle’s impeccable cast are Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent, plus the voices of Tom Holland, Marion Cotillard, Selena Gomez and Ralph Fiennes.
The Doctor Dolittle remake, which is directed by the Oscar-winning Stephen Gaghan, is said to set up a whole new cinematic universe adapted from the classic children’s books by Hugh Lofting. (Marvel, who?)
While those of a certain generation might think that this latest adaptation is only the second Doctor Dolittle to grace screens, it’s actually the third – and probably not the last.