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Horton Hears a Dr. Seuss biopic

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Feb 15, 2018, 4:56 PM EST (Updated)

How is it possible that no one has yet done a biopic on Dr. Seuss? That's about to change, as a film on the famed children's author is in the works.

Deadline reports that Stephen Chbosky, who recently wrote and directed Wonder, will helm the biopic, currently titled Seuss. Jonathan Stewart and Eyal Podell (Cars 3) are working on the script, which will follow the author from the 1920s, when he was a struggling writer, to meeting his muse and future wife, Helen Palmer, who helped him to become the children's author we all know and love.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodore Geisel in Massachusetts in 1904. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by dozens of publishers, until a chance meeting with a former classmate led to its publication. He worked as an illustrator and for advertising firms, and in World War II he drew political cartoons before joining the Army and working in the animation department, creating recruitment and propaganda films. After the war, it was back to children's books.

Dr. Seuss has published more than 60 children's books, including some of the most popular in the world: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Geisel's pen name comes from an anglicized version of his surname. He put "Dr." ahead of it because he always wanted to be a medical doctor. He died in 1991 at his home in La Jolla, California.

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