“American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar and writer/director Gil Junger (“10 Things I Hate About You”) have closed a financing deal with China-based M-Star International for family film “Dog’s Best Friend.”
The film, which will begin shooting in October in the U.S. and China, is aimed at starting a new franchise for M-Star in its first co-production with American filmmakers. M-Star is producer of the “Home With Kids” franchise of over 300 television episodes for the Chinese market.
Junger will direct from his own original script about a 12-year-old tech prodigy whose science experiment goes awry and he forges a telepathic connection with his best friend, his dog. The duo join forces and use their unique perspectives on life to comically overcome complications of family and school.
Stanley Preschutti is executive producing.
“Akin to family movies like ‘Spy Kids,’ the ‘Dog’s Best Friend’ franchise is a reflection of our appreciation of parenthood and what we can all learn from looking at life through the unconditionally loving perspective of a dog’s eyes,” said Junger. “We’re excited to partner with M-Star, as their experience producing hugely successful family comedies throughout Asia, makes them the perfect partner that will provide us the opportunity to reach a global audience.”
Lazar’s Mad Chance production company is based at Warner Bros. His credits include “Cats and Dogs,” “Get Smart,” “Space Cowboys” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”
Junger is repped for film by Matt Wallerstein at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. Lazar is repped by Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. M-Star International is repped by Glenn D. Feig at Reder & Feig.