Fox Searchlight pic based on short story by Dennis Lehane
Michael R. Roskam would direct. Lehane will also pen the script, which follows a lonely Boston bartender who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping are producing with Mike Larocca. Production is tentatively skedded to start early next year. The CAA-repped Hardy had just wrapped production on Warner Bros.’ “Fury Road” and had been weighing several projects including “Everest” and Summit’s “Child 44,” which Rapace had also been circling. Rapace is repped by Magnolia Entertainment and Conway van Gelder Grant.