Hey, Femm readers and welcome back to my blog post. For this evening’s post, I wanted to share with you guys some news about the film, The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. I know what you’re thinking. Is this another Eddie Murphy sequel or spin-off about his daughter doing his job? No, this one is going to star Robert Downey Jr. and will be focusing on the original story from the Dr. Dolittle book by Hugh Lofting. Downey will also be joined by a huge line up of stars that include, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, and many more.
In Lofting’s original story Dr. John Dolittle is a simple country physician that prefers treating animals over humans any day; especially since he can talk to animals. He keeps goldfish in his pond, rabbits in his cabinets, and mice in his piano. One day Dolittle travels to Africa with his animal companions to help the gorillas that are suffering from an epidemic there. In the Eddie Murphy version, John Dolittle leads a perfectly charmed life. He’s a surgeon with a beautiful wife and two kids but all of that changed when he almost hit a dog driving down the road in the middle of the night. While the dog ran off Dolittle clearly hears the dog call him a bonehead.
Dolittle ends up adopting the dog, but it doesn’t take long for other animals to discover his ability. They mainly go to him for medical advice. It became more serious when he runs across a suicidal circus tiger. Dolittle wants to help the tiger but doesn’t know how. What’s worse is that his colleagues find out about him and claim he’s insane. It also didn’t help with the fact that his hospital was going through a huge business deal. Not to mention the risk of being put in a mental institution didn’t help his family dynamic either. In the end, people began to believe in him; especially when he discovered that the reason the tiger was suicidal was due to a blood clot in his brain.
The Eddie Murphy film was so popular that he did a sequel where he helps a bear to adjust to living in the wild. There have also been three spin-off movies that focused on his daughter Maya. Not much is known about Robert Downey Jr.’s film except that it will be closer to the book. I don’t know how close though. The film is expected to come out sometime in 2019 so we’ll have a while to wait. In the meantime, we’ll just have to enjoy his last two performances as Iron-man in the last two Avengers films. That’s all for this evening’s blog post. Hope you guys enjoyed and had a wonderful day. ‘til next time.