Duo to turn Dr. Seuss book into 3-D animated pic
producer. Illumination’s John Cohen and Janet Healy will also be involved in producing capacities. “Ted Geisel was prescient in an uncanny way when he wrote the book and explored themes of greed and how that can lead to the destruction of environment,” Meledandri told Daily Variety. The deal allows Meledandri to continue a relationship with Geisel that began with “Horton Hears a Who,” which Meledandri put together when he ran Fox Animation before leaving to form Illumination as a family film division for Universal. Paul & Daurio, who wrote “Horton Hears a Who” and make their directorial debut on “Lorax,” have separately signed an exclusive four-year writing and directing deal with Illumination, a pact that comes after they wrote “Despicable Me,” which Renaud co-directed with Pierre Coffin. Renaud makes “Lorax” the second film in a three-picture exclusive directing deal with Illumination.