Robert Downey Jr. to Star in New 'Doctor Dolittle' Movie

Robert Downey Jr. To Star In The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle For Stephen Gaghan

EW has confirmed that the Iron Man star's next project is a new Dr. Dolittle film for Universal, based on the 1920s children's books by Hugh Lofting.

A physician who can talk to animals, the character of Doctor Dolittle first appeared on the screen in a 1967 musical directed by Richard Fleischer.

Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey's "Gold", will helm the film from his own screenplay.

The project caused a bidding war in Hollywood, with Universal beating out multiple studios to pick up the rights to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle \/em will be produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Susan Downey.

In 1998, Eddie Murphy played the character and the film was a hit, making $294m worldwide which led to a less successful big-screen follow-up and three later sequels which were released direct to video.

For the second time, Hollywood is rebooting Doctor Dolittle with one of its biggest stars of the moment.

Downey will next be seen reprising his signature role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming Marvel Studios/Sony tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is now in the midst of the epic year-long shoot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War as well as its sequel. Shepherd is represented by WME, Think Tank management, and Jackoway/Tyerman.

CAA packaged the deal and represents Gaghan, Downey, and Roth/Kirschenbaum.

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