Dora the Explorer will be treading into uncharted territory when she makes her debut on the big screen.
The movie comes from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes with partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. This was reported by Hollywood Reporter. Nicholas Stoller had signed to develop this script, and has experience with family-oriented movies like Storks and The Muppets.
Distributor Paramount Pictures will be eyeing a 2019 release for this project.
Dora the Explorer was a hit for Nick Jr. and ran for more than a decade. Starring a Spanish-speaking girl and her pet monkey, this animated series had featured Dora helping animals in overcoming obstacles.
The movie will focus on a teenage Dora as she moves into the city to live with Diego, her cousin who had his series called Go, Diego, Go!
Stoller is known for films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors, and The Five-Year Engagement, and he handled the writing and directing kids’ movies.
The show spawned a sequel series called Dora And Friends: Into the City, and featured a ten-year-old version of this character. That series wrapped up the second season this year and has not been announced to receive a new set of episodes.
A project based on this property has been in works for movie theaters since 2015, with the writer of Shrek spinoff movie Puss In Boots, Tom Wheeler.
Though the version of this project was dormant for years, Paramount is said to be “gung ho” on this Dora the Explorer.
Both Paramount and Nickelodeon are subsidiaries of Viacom.