Robert Downey Jr. is your new 'Dr. Dolittle'

Universal has landed the rights to the project that Stephen Gaghan wrote and will direct

Quick request: Can Robert Downey Jr. please make that movie version of Black Mirror's "The Entire History of You" episode soon?

The star is set to headline "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle", a project won in auction by Universal.

The classic character - who of course can talk to animals - is heading back in a new adventure, named The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

The project caused a bidding war in Hollywood, with Universal beating out multiple studios to pick up the rights to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) will direct the film based on a script he wrote, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.

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The first big-screen adaption of Doctor Dolittle in 1967, which saw Rex Harrison take on the titular character, was nominated for an Oscar for best picture and won for best original song and visual effects.

Dr Dolittle clearly has pulling power at the Box Office: with Murphy in the role, the 1998 film managed a hefty $294.4 million. That film spawned four sequels, though the latter three did not star Murphy and were released straight-to-video.

Downey has starred in the Iron Man, Avengers, and Sherlock Holmes franchises, along with "Tropic Thunder" and "The Judge".

Doctor Dolittle is no stranger to the big screen.

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