LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Warner Bros. is going to the dogs, signing on to acquire and develop “Nubs,” a feel-good story of a pooch and a U.S. Marine based on a publishing sensation.
“Nubs” tells the story of a stray dog that Maj. Brian Dennis rescued while on a tour of duty in Iraq. After nursing the dog back to health and caring for it as his own, he arranged to have him shipped back to the U.S. and was reunited with the dog when his tour ended.
The story became a media phenomenon in the fall, with Dennis and Nubs making appearances on such programs as “Today,” “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
In addition to Dennis’ life rights, filmmakers have acquired the top-selling children’s book “Nubs: A Marine, a Mutt and a Miracle,” which Dennis wrote with Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson. The Little, Brown Books for Young Readers title was published two weeks ago and sits at No. 4 on the New York Times children’s best-seller list.
Justin Zackham (“The Bucket List”) will write and produce the film.
The project grew out of a relationship Zackham initiated with Dennis when the Marine was in Iraq, after the writer-producer read reports of the Nubs story.
The Iraq War will serve as a backdrop, but the picture is not expected to contain combat scenes.