Robert Downey Jr. is set to follow in Rex Harrison’s footsteps by playing Doctor Dolittle, although it doesn’t look like it’ll be a musical this time. THR reports that Downey Jr. is planning to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, with Universal backing the movie.
Stephen Gaghan, best known for writing and directing more serious fare such as Syriana and Gold, in onboard to helm the film. Gaghan is also writing the script, based on an earlier version by Tom Shepherd.
The will be based around Hugh Lofting’s famous children’s character, a doctor who tires of treating animals and learns to speak to animals. Although there’s no news on the exact story for this new version, it looks like the Doctor will be going off on a big trip.
It was previously made into the Rex Harrison starring musical in 1960, while Eddie Murphy played a very different version of the character in 1998.