Robots, Blue Sky Studios’ second feature for Twentieth Century Fox, hasn’t opened yet (it’s due in theaters Friday), but the CGI animators will probably be working with the distributor for years to come. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has purchased the rights to Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book Horton Hears a Who! for Blue Sky to adapt. Fox had been lobbying Seuss’ widow and estate executor, Audrey Geisel, for two years to adapt her late husband’s book, about a softhearted but steadfast elephant who protects the Whos, microscopic people living on a speck, from the other jungle animals. What finally won her over was a Blue Sky-created sculpture of the scene from the book where the Mayor of Whoville holds young Jo-Jo above his head.
Fox also secured the rights to Seuss’ other Horton tale, Horton Hatches the Egg. Look for the first Horton movie in late 2007 or early 2008, after Blue Sky finishes the sequel to its first hit, to be called Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.