Veteran animation director David Bowers is in talks to helm a hybrid feature film take on the classic children’s book series Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The Wrap reports that Universal is planning for Clifford to be CG animated and the rest of the film live-action, similar to The Smurfs, Ted and Hop.
Bowers’ directing credits include Flushed Away, Astro Boy and two installments in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie series.
Clifford the Big Red Dog began as a children’s book by Norman Bridwell published in 1963. It since has spawned dozens of books, an animated TV series and a handful of educational video games.
The script is being worked on by Matt Lopez, with Deborah Forte of Scholastic Media producing and Maradith Frenkel and Sarah Scott supervising for Universal.