If his upcoming projects do well, Thor Freudenthal might just become the it-guy for family film. In January, he was picked up by 20th Century Fox to direct his first feature -- They Came From Upstairs -- from successful family film screenwriter Mark Burton. Now the Stuart Little CG artist-turned director (who was also the second unit director for Disney's The Haunted Mansion) is getting another feature to add to his schedule -- DreamWorks' Hotel for Dogs. The film is based on the Lois Duncan children's book about two orphaned teens who hide stray dogs in an abandoned hotel, and has been adapted by John Tucker Must Die writer Jeff Lowell. I imagine production will be pretty interesting, beyond all the dogs they'll need on-set, one of the producers, Lauren Shuler Donner is apparently such a dog lover that she has over a dozen dogs all for herself. And I thought I loved animals.

I'm sure this will be the usual type of feel-good family fare, but I can't help but with that one of Duncan's other books would get picked up -- for a good movie treatment. By the time Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine had popped up on the young adult circuit, she'd already been writing children's and adolescent books for over 20 years. If you never read her books, you might recognize her name from the slew of crappy television adaptations/direct-to-video fare starring everyone from Soliel Moon Frye and Michelle Williams to Patrick Duffy and Dennis Hopper. And, of course, you can't forget the one feature film that made it big: I Know What You Did Last Summer.
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