Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, and Peggy Lipton have signed on to star in A Dog’s Purpose based on W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling book. Walden Media just came on board to co-finance/co-produce the film along with DreamWorks Studios, with Lasse Hallstrom (The Hundred-Foot Journey) attached to direct.
Cameron adapted his novel for the screen along with Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells. Filming is expected to get underway this month in Winnipeg with Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian executive producing.
“This heartwarming and humorous tale is a great addition to our quality storytelling brand,” stated Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. “Together with our partners at Walden, we believe that with Lasse Hallstrom directing, A Dog’s Purpose will find its way into the hearts of families everywhere.”
“We are proud to once again partner with the great team at DreamWorks on A Dog’s Purpose, a heartfelt and uplifting story that is in great hands with Lasse Hallstrom directing,” commented Frank Smith, President and CEO of Walden Media on their involvement with the production. “This film is a perfect addition as we continue to build and diversify our slate and bring audiences movies that inspire and entertain.”
Synopsis of A Dog’s Purpose, Courtesy of Forge Books:
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.
But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders–will he ever find his purpose?
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
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