One of the formative works of literature in my early childhood was the adventures of Clifford. You know, the Big Red Dog. The runt of the litter whose owner, Emily Elizabeth, loves him so much that he grows to gigantic sizes. The books and animated series were both favorites of mine growing up.
Now it looks like they’re getting the live-action treatment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Darby Camp, a young actress making waves with roles in Big Little Lies and NOS4A2, and Jack Whitehall, a British comedian known for Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, have been cast in the project’s starring roles.
Camp will play Emily and Whitehall will play her Uncle Casey.
According to THR, the plot of the film is “Emily (Camp) struggling to fit in at home and at school, discover a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. When Clifford magically undergoes one heck of a growth spurt, becomes a gigantic dog and attracts the attention of a genetics company, Emily and her Uncle Casey (Whitehall) have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City. Along the way, Clifford affects the lives of everyone around him and teaches Emily and her uncle the true meaning of acceptance and unconditional love.”
The themes sound pretty similar to those of the book series and the show, though the genetics lab is a nice modern update.
The film will be directed by Walt Becker from a script written by writing teams Jay Scherick and David Ronn and Annie Mumolo and Stan Chervin.
There is currently no set release date for the project, which will film this summer in New York City.