Walden Media has boarded Paramount Players’ live-action film Dora the Explorer, based on the ever-popular kids IP from Nickelodeon. The company will be both co-financing and co-producing. Eugenio Derbez (Overboard) has also joined the film, which is being directed by James Bobin. Paramount has the film set for an August 2, 2019 release.
The film was written by Nick Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and fits right into Walden’s family-friendly slate. It previously has had a hand in such films as The Star, The Chronicles of Narnia, Nim’s Island, Amazing Grace and the smash-hit Wonder, which has grossed $300.6 million to date.
“Movies like Dora is what Walden Media is all about: creating content that sparks the imagination and entertains the whole family,” said Frank Smith, president and CEO of Walden Media. “We are so thrilled to be part of this incredible IP with Nickelodeon and Paramount.”
Walden also made waves recently when it announced it was adapting The Baby-Sitters Club into a TV series with Michael De Luca.
Dora the Explorer, co-created by Eric Weiner, Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh, ran for 14 years across 172 episodes, geared toward preschoolers. Dora, along with her pet monkey Boots, would lead viewers through a series of games on her way to find treasure.
Derbez starred in and produced Pantelion’s Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., and last year’s How to Be a Latin Lover. He most recently produced and starred in the remake of the comedy Overboard.