The classic children’s book Clifford the Big Red Dog will be making its live-action/CG debut with a new movie. The new movie will feature everything in the children’s book including Clifford’s owner Emily Elizabeth (played by Darby Camp).
The movie starts with Emily Elizabeth being gifted a unique red puppy by a magical animal rescuer (played by John Cleese). One day Emily awakes to discover her little red puppy transformed overnight into a 10-foot tall Clifford the Big Red Dog in her small New York City apartment.
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Emily’s single mother (played by Sienna Guillory) is out of town on business leaving Emily’s spontaneous uncle Casey (played by comedy actor Jack Whitehall) in her care. After discovering Clifford’s instant growth, Casey and Emily set out on an adventure in New York City.
The live-action/CG movie will be directed by Walt Becker with the script written by a team including Blaise Hemingway, Jay Sherick, and David Ronn. Becker is known for his previous movies including “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” “Wild Hogs,” and “Old Dogs.”
Working with the fourth installment of the live-action/CG franchise of “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Becker has plenty of experience working with this special movie format. Paramount acquired the rights to ‘Clifford and the Big Red Dog’ in 2016 and took some time to develop the live-action movie that will be a first for the big red dog.
Clifford the Big Red Dog has already been adapted in several formats including the classic TV show, another TV series featured on Amazon Prime, and some educational games. The new live-action movie will be similar to other Clifford projects that are based on the original children’s book written by author Norman Bridwell in the 1960s.
Everyone's favorite big red dog, Clifford, is here to meet you in the first look at the upcoming live action movie.
— IGN (@IGN) November 25, 2020
Paramount planned to start production of the live-action/CG movie but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic halted production for several months and delayed the production schedule. Though production was delayed, the show will go on and there should be more developments over the coming months until the slated holiday premiere of Nov. 5, 2021.