Clifford the Big Red Dog (film)

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Directed byWalt Becker
Produced by
Written by
  • Justin Malen
  • Ellen Rapoport
Based onClifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
Entertainment One[1]
Silvertongue Films
Scholastic Entertainment
Walden Media
The Kerner Entertainment Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 2020 (2020-11-13)
CountryUnited States

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an upcoming live-action family comedy film directed by Walt Becker and written by Justin Malen and Ellen Rapoport. It is based on the Norman Bridwell's book series of same name. The film stars Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, Kenan Thompson, and Rosie Perez.




In May 2012, it was reported that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment would make a live-action/animated feature film based on the book. Matt Lopez had been hired to write the script, while Chris Meledandri and Deborah Forte would produce the film.[2] In July 2013, it was reported that Illumination Entertainment had dropped the project.[3] On September 13, 2013, it was reported that the film is still in development at Universal Pictures and David Bowers is in talks to direct the film.[4] Like the 2011 film Hop, the titular dog character will be animated while the other characters will be live-action.[4]

In 2016, Paramount Pictures bought the rights to develop an live-action animated film.[5] On September 25, 2017, it was reported that Walt Becker had been hired to direct the film from a script being re-written by Ellen Rapoport, and from the original written by Justin Malen, which would be produced by Forte through her Silvertongue Films banner.[6]


In May 2019, Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall signed on to star in the film.[7] In June 2019, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, Izaac Wang, Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez, David Alan Grier, Keith Ewell, Bear Allen Blaine, and Lynn Cohen joined the cast.[8][9]


Principal photography began in July 2019 in New York City.[10][11][12]


Clifford the Big Red Dog will be released on November 13, 2020, by Paramount Pictures.[13] Universal Pictures initially slated the film for April 8, 2016 and then pushed back to December 31, 2016.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Dylan O'Brien's 'Monster Problems,' 'Clifford' Backed by Paramount, eOne". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Illumination and Universal Adapting 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2013. At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
  4. ^ a b Shaw, Lucas (September 13, 2013). "David Bowers in Talks to Direct 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'; Illumination Drops Off (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  5. ^ ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Movie Moves to Paramount
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (September 25, 2017). "'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Nabs 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Jack Whitehall, 'Big Little Lies' Actress to Star in 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' Adaptation (Exclusive)
  8. ^ John Cleese, Sienna Guillory Join 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' Movie (Exclusive)
  9. ^ Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez Join 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Movie (Exclusive)
  10. ^ Bittle, Jake (July 17, 2019). "Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to Brooklyn — but can he fit?". Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Davis, Brandon (August 13, 2019). "Terrifying Photos From Clifford The Big Red Dog Set Surface Online". Comic Book. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Casting Call in NYC for "Clifford" Movie | Auditions Free". Auditions Free. July 12, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  13. ^ 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Movie Lands November 2020 Release Date
  14. ^ "The Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie is Coming in 2016". August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  15. ^ Lesnick, Silas (March 10, 2015). "Universal Teams with Scholastic Inc. for Future Projects". Retrieved April 3, 2016.

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