JJ Abrams to Produce Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ Animated Feature at Warner Bros.

“Thing One and Thing Two” spinoff film based on “The Cat in The Hat” characters also in the works as part of shared universe of movies

Last Updated: October 1, 2020 @ 10:37 AM

Dr. Seuss’ iconic and inspirational children’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” is getting a feature film adaptation from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Animation Group, the studio announced Thursday.

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” is one of several films that will become an animated universe of movies based on Dr. Seuss’ stories. Warner Animation will also develop “Thing One and Thing Two” (working title), a spinoff of the characters from “The Cat in The Hat,” which is expected to be released in 2026, while “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” is looking to 2027.

The “Seussiverse” kicks off in 2024 with a “Cat in the Hat” feature film that’s currently in development and is expected for 2024 with Erica Rivinoja and Art Hernandez attached as directors. The second season of “Green Eggs and Ham,” a joint project between Warner Bros. and Netflix, was also just picked up.

Abrams will serve as a producer along with Hannah Minghella, Bad Robot’s head of motion pictures, making it the director’s first foray into animation. More details on the collaborations between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Warner Animation Group will be unveiled in the coming months.

“Warner Animation Group truly understands the timelessness of Dr. Seuss, the incredible impact of the characters and stories, and how to translate the magical appeal to truly come to life on screen,” Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, said in a statement. “With the amazing talent they are bringing to these projects, we are looking forward to bringing ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ and ‘Thing One and Thing Two’ to fans in a way that will delight them, capture their imaginations, and inspire them to read and re-read the stories.”

“We are so thrilled to expand our creative partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and are even more excited about the expansion of this slate of films,” Allison Abbate, EVP, Warner Animation Group, said in a statement.

Vanity Fair first reported the news.