According to Variety, Disney Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment are in negotiations with helmer Frederik Du Chau to direct the live-action bigscreen version of Underdog. Underdog will use a CGI-enhanced live dog to portray the eponymous hero, a talking canine with super powers. Du Chau gained experience blending CGI and live animals on Racing Stripes, which combined computer-generated effects and real horses to portray a zebra-turned-racehorse.
"This is a very special niche in the moviemaking business," Du Chau said.
Pic is skedded to start shooting early next year. Du Chau previously directed Warner Bros. toon Quest for Camelot and worked before that as an animator.