Phillips has ‘Dogs’ on a leash for Focus

Pic adapted from Parkhurst's bestselling 2003 novel

NEW YORK — “Old School” helmer Todd Phillips is attached to direct “The Dogs of Babel,” a script by Jamie Linden, for Focus Features.

Pic, adapted from Carolyn Parkhurst’s bestselling 2003 novel, concerns a grieving linguistics professor who tries to communicate with his Rhodesian Ridgeback because the dog was the only witness to the death of the man’s wife, who fell from a tree in their backyard.

David Heyman’s Heyday Prods. shingle, Phillips and Sekretagent’s Corey May and Michael Dooma Wendschuh are producing; Focus exec Kahli Small will oversee the project.

Last year, Warner Bros. preemptively picked up Linden and Cory Helms’ “Things to Do Before I Die” for Heyman’s shingle to produce. Writing duo also have a blind script commitment to WB that they are currently penning.

Phillips, who applied his trademark comedic touch when directing “Starsky & Hutch” for WB, is also on track to helm “The Associate” for Warners.

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