Chris Wedge is best known for his animated features like “Ice Age” and “Robots”. However he is eyeing his live-action directorial debut with an adaptation of the 1998 Kirsten Bakis novel “Lives of Monster Dogs”. His WedgeWorks imprint acquired the rights to the book, according to Heat Vision, and plans to develop the project before bringing it to Fox. Adam Kline is on board to write the script with Wedge.
“Dogs” revolves around a group of soldier dogs genetically engineered by mad Prussian scientists hiding in a Canadian village. The hyper-intelligent dogs, who walk erect and use voice boxes to communicate, revolt against their masters and, dressed in 19th century formal wear, show up in modern New York.
The book is told through the eyes of a NYU student who becomes the chronicler of the dogs’ glamorous lives, which, as they revert to their animal states for longer and longer periods, turn tragic.
Wedge is currently in production on an adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s novel “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs”. His “Ice Age” movies have grossed $1.9 billion dollars worldwide.