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Dora the Explorer was a big part of children’s television for over 15 years. Now, two years after the last original episode aired, Michael Bay has decided to take a production role in the live-action film based on the characters.
The project is shaping up at Paramount’s new Paramount Players division, where Bay will work with his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
Nicholas Stoller, known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2010’s Get Him to the Greek, and 2011’s The Muppets is behind the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will revolve around a teenage Dora who moves to the city to live with her cousin Diego, who was the main character of the cartoon television series Go, Diego, Go! (2005-2011)
Unless Bay decides to step into the director’s chair, however, it's unlikely that Dora will be seen with “a jetpack and proton blaster”.
The idea of putting Dora on the big screen has been around for a decent amount of time, but it is expected to finally come to life in 2019.
Back in 2015, there were rumors of a live-action Dora movie that was going to be developed by Paramount Pictures. Originally, Tom Wheeler was on deck to write the film. Disruption Entertainment, led by Mary Parent (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water), was hoping to turn the already massive character into a bigger franchise.
“Picture a Latina Hermione, only more isolated,” is how the AV Club pictured the pitch went.
Dora the Explorer ran for 172 episodes in the United States before ending in 2015. It was a worldwide hit, which inspired tons of merchandise and several stage shows. The show followed the bustling adventures of a bilingual American Latina who joined her monkey, Boots, on lengthy quests.