Paramount Animation To Adapt Horror Comic ‘Stray Dogs’

In this dog-eat-dog world of 2020, the animation arm of Paramount Pictures is planning to bring to vibrant life an upcoming horror title from Image Comics.

The adaptation of Stray Dogs–a comic book Image will publish in 2021–will be produced by filmmaker Gary Dauberman, who already has a strong horror pedigree, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dauberman–who will produce the horror film under his Coin Operated banner–wrote the screenplay for the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It and for 2014’s Annabelle. He also scripted the 2017 sequel, Annabelle: Creation, as well as 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home (which also marked Dauberman’s directorial debut).

In case that isn’t enough, Dauberman’s resume also boasts credits as writer of 2019’s It Chapter Two, as well as writer/director of the upcoming adaptation of King’s Salem’s Lot.

The screenplay for the Stray Dogs animated film will be penned by Mark Perez, who wrote the comedies Game Night and Accepted, as well as the spec script for Netflix’s Movie Night.

Details about the horror comic–from writer Tony Fleecs and artist Trish Forstner–are scarce, but it has been described as “Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp.” No word about any fava beans, but the concept seems intriguing.

Dauberman in a recent interview shed little light on the project, but stressed the horror aspects. “So much of what makes horror work,” he said, “is taking something innocent and twisting it into something scary. Like a doll in Annabelle. Or a clown in It.”

And that’s the tack filmmakers will take with Stray Dogs, he said. “Take animation and twist it into something terrifying by using it to explore a really dark story,” Dauberman explained. “For me, the project combines a lot of my passions–animation, horror and, well, dogs.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Paramount Animation adaptation of Stray Dogs.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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