Javier Bardem stars in the hybrid adaptation of Sony's "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile"
Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem (Biutiful, it is not a country for old people) will sink its teeth into a children's classic as the star of Sony Pictures' live-action hybrid adaptation of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. Bernar Waber's 60s children's book is brought to the big screen by directors / producers Will Speck and Josh Gordon (upcoming projects distant, Hit monkey) from a screenplay by Will Davies (How to train your dragon, Johnny English), with original songs by Oscar-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Pal (La La Land).
Released in 1965 as a sequel to The house on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile centers on the town's titular crocodile living in an old Victorian sandstone with the Primms family. The book takes place when Lyle and Mrs. Primm run into their neighbor, Mr. Grumps, who holds a grudge against Lyle on behalf of his frightened cat. Mr. Grumps has Lyle locked up in the zoo, where the crocodile is rescued by his old show partner, and returns to 88th Street just in time to save Mr. Grumps from a house fire.
The books were adapted into an animated musical special for HBO in 1987, animated and directed by Michael Sporn.
The big screen adaptation is produced by Speck & Gordon and Hutch Parker; produced by Dan Wilson (Hutch Parker Ent.), Kevin K. Vafi (Speck & Gordon) and Pasek & Paul. Brittany Morissey is overseeing the project for Sony Pictures.
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is scheduled for release on July 22, 2022.