Paramount Animation to develop a new horror comic ‘Stray Dogs’

An upcoming horror comic book described as “Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp” has been picked up for development by family flick powerhouse Paramount Animation.

Titled Stray Dogs and due out from Image Comics next year, the story is being adapted by screenwriter Mark Perez (Game Night) and produced by scary movie scribe Gary Dauberman (Annabelle films, IT) under his Coin Operated banner.

“For me, the project combines a lot of my passions: animation, horror and, well, dogs,” Dauberman said. The scaremonger is also onboard an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot and a remake of Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan.

Stray Dogs is an original creation from comics writer Tony Fleecs (In My Lifetime, Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth) and illustrator Trish Forstner, who met while working on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics series.

Paramount Animation’s upcoming feature slate includes monster wrestling original Rumble (Jan. 29; with Reel FX) and Luck, the debut original feature from Skydance Animation (2022). The studio is also working on big-screen outings for major kids’ brands PAW Patrol (Aug. 2021), My Little Pony (Sept. 2021) and Clifford the Big Red Dog (Nov. 2021). A sequel to hybrid hit Sonic the Hedgehog is due in 2022, and the studio recently set the voice lead The Tiger’s Apprentice (2023).


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