Dr Suess’ The Cat in the Hat film adaptation coming

Book Brief | Mar 2024

A film adaption of The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss is in the works with Warner Bros Pictures due for release in 2026.


The classic book The Cat in the Hat will be coming to the big screen.

The story is about a tall anthropomorphic cat who wears a red and white-striped top hat and a red bow tie. One day the Cat shows up on the doorstep of Sally and her brother while their mother is away. The Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them while the kid’s fish keeps objecting to it. In the process, the Cat and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. As the children and the fish become more alarmed, the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up and disappears just before the children’s mother comes home.

The film will star Bill Hader as the voice of the cat. It will be written and directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Erica Rivinoja (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm).



Theodor Geisel AKA Dr Suess, author and cartoonistDr Seuss is the pen name of Theodor Geisel, a children’s author and cartoonist. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the name Dr Seuss. His books are some of the most popular children’s titles of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death 1991.

He wrote The Cat in the Hat in response to a debate in the US about the ineffectiveness of such books as the ‘Dick and Jane’ series.

‘Geisel gave varying accounts of how he created The Cat in the Hat, but in the version he told most often, he was so frustrated with the word list from which he could choose words to write his story that he decided to scan the list and create a story based on the first two rhyming words he found. The words he found were cat and hat.’

In 1983, Geisel said, ‘It is the book I’m proudest of because it had something to do with the death of the’ Dick and Jane’ primers.’

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