Paramount Pictures appears to be rethinking its release schedule for its upcoming live-action film Clifford the big red dog, according to a recent report from Deadline.
Paramount has postponed the planned release of the film on September 17, 2021 amid concerns about the still-spreading delta variant of COVID-19. While the film is finished and eagerly awaited by some, families are less likely to travel to the cinema to see it in the current climate.
Instead, the report said, Paramount Pictures will be looking for a new U.S. release date, with early reports indicating that September 22nd could be a date, but the film currently has no release date. Clifford the big red dog was also shown at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, though it’s unclear whether the film will still be there after the release date is changed.
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When middle school student Emily Elizabeth meets a magical animal rescuer in Clifford The Big Red Dog, who gives her a small, red puppy, she never expected to wake up to find a giant ten-foot-tall dog in her small apartment in New York City. While her single mom is out on business, Emily and her funny but impulsive Uncle Casey embark on an adventure that will keep you on your feet while our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the popular Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!
The film is featured by Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) as Emily, Jack Whitehall (Jungle Cruise) as Uncle Casey, John Cleese (Monty Python) as Mr. Bridwell, Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) as Maggie and Tony Hale (Veep) as Peter. Izaac Wang, Rosie Pere, Kenan Thompson, Paul Rodriguez and Jessica Keenan Wyn will also be featured.
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The film is based on the children’s book series by Norman Bridwell and is directed by Walt Becker based on the script by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Annie Mumolo and Stan Chervin. Jordan Kerner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment are also producing.