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MICHAEL BAY TO PRODUCE LIVE-ACTION DORA THE EXPLORER MOVIE
Ever since the hit Nickelodeon/Nick Jr. show Dora the Explorer ended in 2014, a full length film was always talked about by network executives. In all fairness, the film would have performed well once the show ended, with it driving huge merchandise revenue for everyone involved. The show also appealed to the Latino demographic with Dora and Diego being bilingual in English and Spanish, but at the end of the day it was a children’s show.
The film actually fell into production limbo in 2015 when scriptwriter Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) and producer Mary Parent (The Revenant) left (probably to make better films). As of a few days ago, the movie has been picked up by Bay and his Platinum Dunes productions. Even weirder is the new scriptwriter on board, Nick Stoller (Neighbors). Apparently this may not be a kids movie anymore.
The genius behind giving Bay this movie happens to be Paramount Pictures and the only synopsis is the film following a teenage Dora in the city after she moves in with her cousin Diego. Honestly, a franchise about an explorer with a magic talking map, a boot-wearing monkey as a partner and a talking backpack with infinite storage space is not the craziest thing Bay has worked with. He did manage to do well with giant alien robots that transform into vehicles (and later dinosaurs) and talking human-sized turtles that know martial arts living in the NYC sewer system. This should be a breeze.
There are no current details except the fact that Dora and Diego will be teenagers in the city, but Paramount Pictures is eyeing a 2019 release date. In true Michael Bay fashion they will probably start shooting before an established script has been finalized. It may end up being so weird that it’s good, but at least there’s a point of reference for it already: