It seems like Clifford, everyone’s favorite giant and friendly red dog, isn’t quite ready for his big screen debut.
Despite being announced as a title for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Paramount Pictures has chosen to delay the planned September, 17th break free from CLIFFORD THE GREAT RED DOG indefinitely. The reason should come as no surprise, as the culprit is the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. Even though theaters are open in most markets, the box office has still taken a beating in recent months, and I’m guessing Paramount believes they have a potential franchise opener on their hands, hence the delay.
Deadline was the first to report the news, noting that the movie has not only benefited from an excellent early follow-up, but the trailer was viewed around 130 million times in its first week. They seem to have good reason to be excited about your franchise potential.
It is not yet known if the planned TIFF release of the film will go ahead.
According to the official synopsis:
“When high school student Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gives her a red puppy, she never anticipated that she would wake up to find a giant 10-foot hound in her little city apartment. While her single mother (Sienna Guillory) is away on business, Emily and her funny but impulsive Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) embark on an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved character from the Scholastic book, Clifford will teach the world how to love big! “
Clifford the big red dog it’s still scheduled to open hopefully in 2021, but stay tuned …