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Development: Doctor Dolittle pushed back; The Ice Cream Man goes to TV; and Indy heads around the globe

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Oct 2, 2018

 An animal doctor, an ice cream man, and an archeologist walk into a bar. They want to talk about the latest development news. First up, Robert Downey Jr.’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is getting pushed back by almost a year. Originally slated for Apr. 12, 2019, Dolittle will now release during the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 27, 2020.

Dolittle,  directed by Stephen Gaghan, is based on the classic book The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh lofting and chronicles the adventures of a doctor who can talk to animals. Downey will play the title character, with stars such as Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, and John Cena providing just some of the voices for Dolittle's animal friends.

Universal is looking to capitalize on the recent success of other family films released during this time, such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Moana. (via Deadline)

Next up, Universal Cable Productions is developing a series based on the horror anthology Ice Cream Man from Image Comics. Much in the same realm as The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, the book created by W. Maxwell Prince has the titular Ice Cream Man tell tales of human nature and the sometimes-cruel fate that accompanies it.

UCP is developing the series following the hit SYFY series Happy!, based on the comic by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson and the upcoming Netflix series Umbrella Academy, based on the comic by Gerard Way. (via Deadline)

Finally, we have some news on Indiana Jones 5. So far, the only stories we had about the film, other than the obvious Spielberg/Ford connections, were that Jonathan Kasdan was writing the script and the movie would open in 2021. Now we know that Kasdan will be overseeing a “writers” room of sorts. Talking with ComingSoon, producer Frank Marshall called it “a lot of people that we trust pitch ideas and things gathering info."

The movie will also harken back to its global roots. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was filmed almost entirely in the U.S., but the 5th installment will see locations around the world. While we realize refrigerators are almost everywhere, we are hopeful they will be used to store soda, not protect human beings from nuclear blasts this time around. (via ComingSoon)

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