Illumination Entertainment Rebooting HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic getting animated remake.

Word has emerged that ‘Despicable Me’ studio Illumination Entertainment is planning a new animated adaptation of the classic children’s tale ‘Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!’

Published in 1957, the classic tale follows the adventures of a bitter, grouchy, cave-dwelling green creature with a heart “two sizes too small.” Despising Christmas, the Grinch decides to sneak into the town of Whoville and deprive the Whos of their Christmas presents, dinners, and decorations, and thus putting a stop to the holiday. All goes well with his sinister plan until little Cindy Loo Who and her innocent Christmas spirit show him the true meaning of the holiday.

Chuck Jones and Ben Washam famously adapted the comical and heartwarming tale in 1966 into a half-hour animated special narrated by Boris Karloff. The special continues to air every holiday season.

The reboot will be directed by Pete Candeland with Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri producing. Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel, will serve as executive producer.

According to Variety’s sources, the new take on the Seuss classic will stay faithful to the book, distinguishing itself from the 2000 live-action remake starring Jim Carrey by exploring the story from “a perspective more in line with underlying tones of the book.”