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.

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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.