Rob Letterman to Direct ‘Captain Underpants’ Movie for DreamWorks Animation

By Will Ashton


Well, it appears that, if these past two days have proven anything here at The Watching World, it’s that DreamWorks Animation is tapping into my childhood.

First, there was the trailer for Mr. Peabody and Sherman that was released yesterday. Now, there is the news that they have officially announced the director for their adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants book series. Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) has just signed on to direct the film.

Heat Vision reports that Letterman will be directing the film based on the script by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets). This will not be the first time the writer and director have worked together, as the two previously penned and directed Gulliver’s Travels, respectively.

This is the first sign of development the film has had since it was announced that the project was getting made. Based on my trepidations with yesterday’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman trailer, I must say that I’m at least a little nervous with how they are going to translate Pilkey’s work to the big screen. Not that his books were ever high art, but there is a simple juvenile charm to them that I know Hollywood tends to overdue in their mainstream films towards children. We’ll just have to see what happens when the film is set to be released.

In addition to this, Letterman is also attached to direct another adaptation of another popular children’s book series Goosebumps, which is also supposed to have a Gulliver’s Travels reunion with star Jack Black. Stoller’s screenwriting work will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted on March 21, 2014. Stoller will also have his fourth directorial effort, Neighbors, coming out on May 9, 2014.


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