One, two, color me blue… there’s a biopic about the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, on the way, and it’s all too true!
Sorry, couldn’t resist a little Seuss-ian speak. According to Deadline, there is indeed a film about Geisel’s life coming to the big screen, with Wonder‘s Stephen Chbosky set to direct.
The story will focus on Geisel as a young man in the 1920s, trying to make it as a writer and working as an illustrator and cartoonist. He finally finds inspiration when he meets his muse, Helen Palmer, who eventually becomes his wife, and she helps him create his alter ego, Dr. Seuss.
It would be another 30 years before Geisel wrote his iconic Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat, along with other classics such as Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, and many more. In all, Geisel wrote over 60 children’s books in his career. Helen eventually committed suicide in 1967 after several years battling various illnesses (and was rumored to be distraught over Geisel’s affair with Audrey Dimond, who he later married). Geisel died in 1991 at age 87.
Chbosky is also enjoying a moment right now. His family sleeper hit Wonder blew away expectations with more than $285 million worldwide, so he’s a hot commodity. Plus, we know Wonder isn’t the only good film he’s directed. He also helmed the underrated The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and he wrote the screenplay for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
The Dr. Seuss biopic does sound like the perfect next film for Chbosky and has the makings for an Oscar-bait type film, depending on who they cast to play Geisel. In the pics of an older Geisel, he looks a lot like David Strathairn, so I’ll throw his name in the ring.
Put on your casting cap and let us know who you think would be a good choice!