A new documentary is being produced by Thomas Tull, chairman/CEO of Legendary Entertainment and also one of the producers on the rocker documentary It Might Get Loud. Next up will be K-9, which will delve into the world of trained military and law-enforcement dogs. Directed by 10-time Emmy winners Jonathan Hock and Greg Kohs, the film will explore the special relationship between combat, bomb-sniffing, search-and-rescue and security dogs and their human handlers.
Tull also produced the documentary Fastball, a study of baseball’s most essential element, the fastball pitch, which also was written and directed by Hock.
K-9 will look at the training and deployment of military and law enforcement dogs and the extraordinary science and analytics involved in dog training. In doing so, the film will go inside the facility of world-renowned trainer Rodney Spicer and his team at Gold Coast K-9 who deploy “real world” training, analysis and performance-based data to tailor individual dogs to ideal jobs, locations and their human partners.
These dogs work everything from recovery of human remains to sniffing for bombs to secure areas for their human counterparts. As someone who has a K-9 handler in my family, I know these dogs and their handlers rely on each other for their safety, so a deep bond forms between human and dog and these teams are brought in at critical times.
Stories that will be told will be the canine hero of SEAL Team 6 in their raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to Credo, the police dog who took a bullet to save his human partner under attack from a Long Beach street gang.
After Credo was shot and taken to a pet hospital, more than a dozen law enforcement officers stood outside and waited for word on the his condition. The dog was only 4 years old but had worked on the narcotics squad with his handler Mike Parcells for two years. However, the Belgian Malinois was involved in more than 30 arrests and was well loved by the police force.
Credo died at the hospital, the second time a K-9 handled by Parcells had been killed in the line of duty. As the dog’s body (covered in the flag) was carried out of the building, officers stood in salute of their fallen comrade. Credo’s death was said to have rocked the Long Beach Police Department.
The film will bring to light “incredible stories from K-9 teams from war stories and love stories, heartbreaking tales of loss and heartwarming tales of redemption and salvation.”