Williams, Warners take a ‘Taxi’ ride

Blue Wolf producing dog and driver drama

Warner Bros. has hailed down “Taxi Dog,” with Robin Williams attached to topline and produce.

“Taxi” is based on a series of picture books penned by Debra and Sal Barracca for Dial Press. Set amid the street life of New York City, pic tells the story of how a mean street dog and a mean cab driver are forced by bizarre circumstances into a reluctant partnership.

Warners and the producers have tapped Jim Hart to write the drama, which the studio envisions as a major star vehicle for Williams, with strong merchandising potential.

Williams will produce with Marsha Garces Williams and David Michaels. The trio originally set up the project at Interscope Communications last year, when it was still owned by Polygram.

However, when the Polygram studio folded and Interscope became independent again, the project needed a new home. The Williams’ Blue Wolf Prods. will now produce it with Interscope for Warners.

Lancit Media Entertainment, where Michaels is a senior exec, controls the merchandising rights to the film. There is no director attached at present.

Williams next stars in “Jakob the Liar,” directed by Peter Kassovitz, for Sony Pictures. Pic will be released in the U.S. on Sept. 24. Blue Wolf has produced “Mrs. Doubtfire,” among other titles.

Interscope executive produced “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” for Dimension. It also produced the Williams starrer “What Dreams May Come” for Polygram.

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