Sometimes creators are matched to projects and it makes complete sense. Sometimes Michael Bay announces a live-action Dora the Explorer film. It’s hard to see the through-line of Bay’s projects from Armageddon, to Transformers, to Dora, but the animated children’s show is his next project.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Bay won’t be directing the movie, just producing. Rather, Nicholas Stoller, most famous for directing Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors and for writing 2011’s The Muppets, will be in the director’s chair. Together, Bay and Stoller will be translating the long-running Nickelodeon hit into a big screen production.
For those unfamiliar, Dora the Explorer is an animated show about an adventuring girl, who together with her monkey Boots, her backpack Backpack, and her cousin/adventuring partner Diego travel the world and teach kids Spanish. Dora is heavy on audience interaction, famously encouraging kids to call out to the screen. Debuting in 2000, the show ran for almost 200 episodes and has been a constant source of merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.
The film, which does not have a targeted release date, will be a sequel of sorts, following a teenage Dora as she moves to the big city in order to live with Diego.
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