Universal Milking Dr. Seuss For All He’s Worth; Making Another Movie, This One Based On Response To Fan Letter

Los Angeles—Universal confirmed yesterday that the studio is continuing to ride the Dr. Seuss wave by turning another, lesser-known work by the beloved children’s author into an animated film: a letter to a fan that the good doctor sent in 1987.

Universal bought the rights to the letter, mailed to a then-ten-year-old Susan Eddy of Oak Grove, California in March 1987. It was written by Seuss himself in response to a fan letter Eddy sent the author in November the previous year. Under the terms of her agreement with Universal, Eddy is barred from revealing any of the contents of the one-page letter, which sources have said does not rhyme and is rather condescending. The same sources have said that Eddy was paid “north of a million bucks for the rights to the letter” from the author of “The Lorax” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
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