Michael Bay, the man behind every pyrotechnic action movie you’ve seen in the last 20 years, is lining up a live action film version of Nickelodeon children’s animated series Dora the Explorer.
The film will be set during the young explorer’s teenage years – she was just seven in the original series – after she moves to the city to live with her cousin Diego, and the Transformers director is set to produce, with Nick Stoller, the writer/director of the two recent Muppets films, on board to pen the script.
It’s a bizarre move for Bay, whose recent film catalogue – dominated by six Transformers films in the last ten years – relies heavily on explosions, half-naked women, cars and obnoxious product placement. Plenty of people on Twitter were keen to point this out:
Michael Bay Producing? Dora and Boots are about to be running through a field of explosives. Swiper will probably have an RPG. Here we go. https://t.co/gZtEe39rGS— Geeks of Color #BlackLivesMatter (@GeeksOfColor) October 23, 2017
Can’t wait to see how Michael Bay works Bud Light into Dora the Explorer— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) October 23, 2017
Check out Michael Bay’s DORA THE EXPLORER Poster! pic.twitter.com/anoZ9Y5bpV— ✨ 𝓓anika ✨ (@DanikaCola) October 23, 2017
Can't believe I live in an age where Michael Bay and live action Dora the Explorer are in the same sentence— 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒, 𝒷𝑒𝓁𝓁𝓈 (@bIuelilies) October 23, 2017
I can't with Michael Bay. Dora the Explorer was the one thing from my childhood that wasn't ruined… and now it's gonna turn into this: pic.twitter.com/ulCPDOiU8a— I Don't Have An Alibi (@donthaveanalibi) October 24, 2017
First look at Michael Bay’s Dora the explorer! pic.twitter.com/KEFr9U6k6b— ASH (@brown_batman_) October 24, 2017
"Michael Bay to produce live action teen version of Dora the Explorer" pic.twitter.com/LgcpbMOlYs— joe (@bequietjoe) October 23, 2017
Dora the Explorer is a much beloved cartoon that aired 172 episodes between 2000-2014. It centred around a young Latina-American who went on quests with her pet monkey Boots.
Plot details for the new film are being kept under wraps, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount studios are hoping to release in 2019, by which point the entire world may already have exploded in Bay-esque fashion.
Dora the Explorer is set to be released in 2019