Hot off the success of his YA adaptation Wonder, which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, Stephen Chbosky has signed on to direct SEUSS, which will chronicle the life of children’s book author Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.
Jonathan Stewart and Eyal Podell wrote the script, and Carla Hacken (Hell or High Water) will produce the film via her Paper Pictures banner.
Seuss will follow Geisel as a struggling young writer who finds his muse in Helen Palmer, who later became his wife. It was Palmer who inspired Geisel to write the iconic children’s book The Cat in the Hat, though it was a long, hard road for both of them.
The film is currently without a financier, but Chbosky’s attachment gives Seuss a leg up on rival projects, such as the recent spec that went out from writers Diana Benjamin and Alyssa Katz titled Helen and Ted. That script also concerns Palmer’s devastating illness, which took a toll on Geisel and threatened to destroy the magical world the two created together.
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