It's quite definitely the Year of the Dog. On the one hand, we've got the film of the same name -- Mike White's Year of the Dog, which Scott Weinberg reviewed from Sundance. However, that's more about the crazy dog lady than the dogs themselves, so there's also Underdog. A remake of the TV series, it deals with a dog who gets super powers. And now, before we can see how either film will do, we've got another dog film sliding down the pike. This time it will come at the hands of a lovable but terrorizing Labrador Retriever named Marley. Shawn Levy, director of the unstoppable Night at the Museum, has grabbed the reigns to bring Marley & Me to the big screen.
A bestseller from Philadelphia Inquirer writer John Grogan, Marley is the tale of his 13 years with his challenging retriever. The adapted script comes at the hand of Don Roos, who most recently wrote and directed Happy Endings -- the indie film starring a ton of people, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Coogan. The book covers the life of Marley, a dog who was sweet and affectionate, but also got kicked out of obedience school and loved to eat things such as an 18-karat gold necklace. If any of you have read the book, I'd love to hear what was so very bad about the dog, because those two examples don't seem that unusual. Granted, I spent a few years living with a lovable cat who also liked to bite, scratch and bring breakable items like teapots and glasses to their crashing end, so my judgment might be clouded.