The Hollywood Reporter
When it comes to adaptations, it’s always good to get the right person for the job to make sure that the spirit of the source material remains intact during its transition to screen. Read on for details concerning whom Dark Horse and Reelfx Entertainment chose to bring the pet detectives in Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden to life in a full-length animated feature.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jack the Giant Killer writer Darren Lempke has been tapped to adapt the feature film version of the Dark Horse tale. Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner of Strange Weather Films will produce alongside Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Keith Goldberg will executive produce with Strange Weather’s Jeff Fierson co-producing. Reelfx’s head of feature development, Jared Mass, will oversee the project for the studio.
The animated feature will be an adaptation of Dark Horse’s breakout hit graphic novel. Beasts of Burden follows the supernatural occurrences that sweep the community of Burden Hill and a heroic gang of animals who bravely keep its residents safe from harm.
Welcome to Burden Hill – a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it’s up to a heroic gang of dogs – and one cat – to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill: Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red, and the Orphan, whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil.
This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery – events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move. Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn’t have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?
“Jill and Evan have created a unique group of heroes working hard to keep their world safe; they just happen to be dogs … and a cat,” said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “This has been one of my favorite titles since it first appeared, and we are eager to bring it to the big screen.”
Look for more soon!