Paramount is moving forward with a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. The film, which is now set for a 2019 release date, is being produced by Transformers’ Michael Bay, alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Obviously!
Dora the Explorer aired on Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2014 (with 172 episodes). It followed the adventures of a 7-year-old American Latina girl who joined her monkey, Boots, on quests to solve new puzzles and riddles in every episode. It was a hugely profitable property for the network, who managed to create all sorts of popular merchandise based on the characters.
The live-action adaptation has been in the works since 2015 but halted after a few bumps. Michael Bay, who recently retired from the Transformers franchise, seems like the right man for the job to get things going again. It’s high time that animated children’s shows are transformed into high-budget, explosion-heavy action films.
The Dora the Explorer movie is also being written by The Muppets and Neighbors writer Nick Stoller. Perhaps, just perhaps, Bay is onto something great. Hopefully we’ll get a few big explosions.