Michael Bay Producing… a Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie

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A big-screen live-action take of Nickelodeon’s animated TV series Dora the Explorer is in the works… with Michael Bay behind it as producer.

Bay and his Platinum Dunes producing partners, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, are working on a live-action adaptation of the popular children’s series for Paramount Pictures. Bad Neighbours and The Muppets writer-director Nick Stoller has been hired to work on the screenplay.

THR broke the news, reporting that the new version will see Dora as a teenager who relocates to the city to live with her cousin, Diego. In the animated series, the titular American Latina heroine is a 7-year-old who heads on quests with her talking purple backpack and anthropomorphic monkey companion named Boots.

Paramount has had this one circling a start for a while now; Puss in Boots scribe Tom Wheeler and producer Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, The Revenant) were behind the project in 2015. The studio is reportedly keen to get it off the ground as soon as possible and is looking to release the film sometime in 2019.

We’re not too sure just how much audiences have been demanding a live-action, teenage version of this animated charcter, but then again, it’s not like we’re the show’s demographic. Now, what could a Bay-produced Dora movie look like?…