20th Century Fox has preemptively acquired film rights to Finding Gobi, a soon-to-be-published memoir by ultra-marathoner Dion Leonard. The book, due out in June via HarperCollins label W Publishing Group, centers on Leonard’s relationship with a stray dog he came across while competing in a 155-mile race through China’s Gobi Desert, then was lost in China before a search that went viral online resulted in their reunion. Paul de Souza is producing and shepherding the project after bringing the book to HarperCollins and negotiating the book deal. Kira Goldberg is overseeing the project for Fox. Variety had this story first.