‘Dogs’ fetches Minkoff

Live-action pic is being rewritten by 'Ice Age's' Wilson

Rob Minkoff, who directed “The Lion King” and the “Stuart Little” films, has been attached to direct “Bad Dogs,” another talking-critter film.

Live-action pic will be financed by Level 1 Entertainment, the partnership between Bill Todman Jr., Edward Milstein and Paul Schwake.

“Bad Dogs” follows a pair of mismatched mutts who are sent to obedience school, escape and head off on an adventure.

Drew Fellman and Mark Pressman hatched the idea and the first draft, which is being rewritten by Mike Wilson (“Ice Age,” “Shark Tale”).

Minkoff, whose commitment to go into production will depend on that rewrite, will produce the film with Jason Clark (“Monster House,” “Stuart Little”) and the Level 1 principals.

Level 1 is funded by real estate magnate Milstein, and the company hopes to make “Bad Dogs” its next film, with its most ambitious budget yet.

Level 1 has so far made two comedies with Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison. First was “Grandma’s Boy,” and the followup is the Fred Wolf-directed “Strange Wilderness” with Steve Zahn and Allen Covert, which Fox releases next year.

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