Thursday, April 26, 2018

Paramount Teases 2019 Release for Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie With First-Look At Official Logo

Vamanos! Dora the Explorer will be making the trek to movie theaters in summer 2019, and to celebrate, Paramount Pictures teased their upcoming live-action feature film adaptation of Nickelodeon's beloved animated preschool series Dora the Explorer by sharing an (early) official logo for the movie at CinemaCon 2018! You can see the official logo for the movie, courtesy of Twitter /@joshHsmith1991 below!

Photo: Twitter /@joshHsmith1991.

In the works since 2015, the live-action Dora the Explorer movie is being developed through Paramount Players division, Paramount Pictures' production division that is charged with developing and producing features in conjunction with Viacom-owned brands, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET. The film will center on Dora as a teenager moving to the city and living with her cousin.

Dora the Explorer will receive a wide release in North America on Friday, August 2, 2019. A UK release should hopefully follow soon after.

James Bobin, who directed The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, and Alice Through the Looking Glass, will be directing the film with a script from Storks and Neighbors director Nick Stoller. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes label and his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the flick, which is being filmed in Queensland, Australia.

Dora the Explorer was a series that proved to be a massive hit for Nickelodeon, running from 2000 to 2014 with 172 episodes aired. It centered on an a seven-year-old American Latina who, along with her monkey, Boots, faced riddles and characters like a thieving fox named Swiper as she went on quests. She was notable for speaking in both English and Spanish at a time when that was not common on children's programming in the United States. The show spawned two spin-off series, Go, Diego, Go!, which follows Dpra's 8-year-old cousin Diego as he rescued animals around the world, and Dora and Friends: Into the City!, which follows the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a new group of friends that works together to give back to the community--having both real-life and magical adventures along the way. The success of Dora spawned a number of toys and dolls, video games, DVDs, and a slew of merchandising, which industry estimates peg at more than $11 billion since 2000, as well as stage adaptations. It’s a generational evergreen.

The original series, which ran for more than 170 episodes between 2000 and 2014, spawned a number of toys, books, video games, and direct-to-DVD movies – so a live-action version is ripe for the taking.

Dora earned praise for its focus on diversity when it aired, and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for its outstanding efforts in making learning a pleasurable experience for pre-school viewers.

Platinum Dunes has a first-look deal with Paramount. Stoller’s writing credits include Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors, the Muppet movie reboots, animated films Storks and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Kevin Hart’s Night School.

Paramount has three other movies already set for the 2019 summer — Transformers 7 on June 28, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun remake on July 12, and an untitled Terminator movie on July 28.

Dora the Explorer, the Nick series, was co-created by Eric Weiner, Chris Gifford, and Valerie Walsh.

Paramount also teased their upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? feature film, also inspired by a hit Nickelodeon property, at CinemaCon 2018.

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