The new poster for The Grinch, Illumination Entertainment’s reimagining of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, offers an unsettling image: a cute Grinch.
Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, the character will presumably be as grumpy and misanthropic as his previous incarnations -- animated or otherwise -- as long as he’s an adult. But the kid? That’s a wild card.
Directors Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney certainly seem like they have a sympathetic card up their sleeves when it comes to the seasick crocodile, especially if they have an origin-defining backstory in mind for child Grinch like the tragic opening of Ron Howard’s 2000 adaptation. They’ve also had designs on this film since 2014, and it’s gone through various reschedulings and delays ever since.
While The Grinch is no longer using the full name of the book, there have been no other teases as to what we can expect from the adaptation. The only indicator is the studio’s previous adaptation, The Lorax, which arrived to middling reviews back in 2012. That said, there’ve been a string of box-office successes from the studio since, and there’s still another year of waiting until we’ll know for sure, because The Grinch doesn't open in theaters until November 9, 2018.