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.”
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