Will Arnett is set to topline Show Dogs, the live-action family comedy being co-produced and co-financed by Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures. Raja Gosnell is directing a script by Max Botkin and Marc Hyman. The pic, which just started shooting at Pinewood Studios Wales, will co-star Natasha Lyonne and feature the voices of Ludacris, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias and Shaquille O’Neal.
The pic was previously slotted for a November 10, 2017 wide release.
The project centers on Max (voiced by Ludacris), a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler NYPD police dog. He and his human FBI partner (Arnett) are investigating the kidnapping of a baby panda by an underground network of illegal animal traders when they get a tip that the crime ring is planning to sell the panda at the prestigious Canini Invitational Dog Show. The uber-macho Max must undergo a makeover with the help of a seasoned trainer (Lyonne) to thwart the plot.
Open Road International, through its partnership with FilmNation, is handling international sales, with Riverstone, Wales Screen and Pinewood Films providing financing. It is a Riverstone Pictures and Open Road production in association with Kintop Pictures and Alive Entertainment. Deepak Nayar and Philip von Alvensleben are producing, and Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg, Nik Bower, Botkin, Gosnell and Scott Lambert are executive producers with Yu Fai Suen and Robert Norris.