Universal has recently stated that their as-yet-untitled “Doctor Dolittle” film will release in April of 2019 rather than the initial placement within May of the same year. The film will feature Robert Downey Jr. in the feature role. This project marks yet another feather in Downey Jr.’s cap since the re-ignition of his acting career from appearing as Tony Stark in 2008’s “Iron Man.”
While Downey Jr. will be reprising his iconic role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” things beyond that seem a bit less certain. Plans are still on board for a third installment in the Sherlock Holmes series Downey was able to begin with his Iron Man success. Downey Jr. has also been striving to make an adaptation of Pinocchio, but that project has been stymied for years. While those two films have unknown release dates, Universal seems to have great faith in the film, not only for confirming its release date but also to shift it closer; Universal’s new announcement that Doctor Dolittle will release on April 12th of 2019 negates the original date of May 24th.
Judging from the staff briefing of the film, Universal will likely tackle the project in a manner similar to the ’67 musical instead of the Eddie Murphy comedies. For movie fans interested in keeping their fix for Robert Downey Jr. continuing after Infinity War has come and gone, it seems like there will be no stop to the projects the man will attach himself to. The fact that this Doctor Dolittle is primed for a late spring release means that it can thrive at the box office rather than become buried in the summer blockbuster season. Regardless of the film’s commercial or critical success, it will give Robert Downey Jr. the chance to flex his impressive acting talent in new ways.