Like pilfering the masked fox, the live-action Dora the Explorer movie has swiped itself up a release date of Aug. 2, 2019, reports The Wrap. The adaptation of the kid-friendly Nick Jr. TV show will be produced by Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company, while Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Neighbors, Zoolander 2) is writing the screenplay.
Early reports peg the movie's plot as being a sequel to the animated series in which a teenage Dora moves in with her cousin Diego, who got his own spinoff show in 2005, Go, Diego, Go! Dora the Explorer kicked off in 2000, following the adventures of the eponymous young girl with her monkey friend, Boots. While trying to reach a certain destination, Dora would teach kids how to say certain words in Spanish and even give them a chance to interact with the program (a la Blue's Clues) by asking questions followed by long, eery silences.
The show ran until 2014, going through three voice actors for Dora's character: Kathleen Herles (2000–2007), Caitlin Sanchez (2008–2011), and Fátima Ptacek (2012–2014). Aiding her and Boots are a talking map and backpack, as well as a host of anthropomorphic animals like Tico the Squirrel and Benny the Bull.
How Bay (of cacophonous Transformers fame) will turn an educational show for small children into a live-action movie is anyone's guess. (Boots as a crazy, property-destroying gorilla a la the Rampage trailers?) If, on the other hand, he handles it like, say, 1985's Return to Oz and transforms Dora's peaceful world into a darker parallel of itself, it might just work out... maybe... we hope.