Yes, you read right – Universal is REMAKING Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, because their total ruination of the story last time (not to mention apparent corruption of young Taylor Momsen) didn’t hurt our eyeballs or molest our memories enough. The fact that there’s a short cartoon version, which airs every year and is perfect, doesn’t seem to matter to a company that reads a book stating “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store” and proceeds to merchandise the shit out of it.
On the plus side: it’ll be animated, because Mike Myers so poisoned the well for live-action versions that Seuss’ widow has basically nixed them forever (fans of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T may shed a single tear). And maybe, just maybe, it can replace the horrific prior attempt in everyone’s minds.
Oh, who are we kidding. Giving the Grinch backstory and motivation, when the original book explicitly says “Please don’t ask why” is bullshit. It’s going to take a genius to make it anything but.
Is the director of two Gorillaz music videos and the animated parts of Tank Girl a genius? Maybe.