Beasts of Burden Scores a Director

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It’s been awhile since last we spoke about the upcoming animated flick Beasts of Burden, but there’s been some movement, and now finally the upcoming Dark Horse adaptation has scored a director. Read on for details.

Deadline is reporting that Oscar-nominated Shane Acker (9) will direct Reel FX’s currently untitled CG animation based on the Dark Horse Comics series by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson. Darren Lemke (Turbo, Shrek Forever After) is adapting the Beasts Of Burden project, which is about a team of fearless four-legged “Watch Dogs” who investigate paranormal activities in the neighborhood of Burden Hill and defend their humans from the supernatural.

Novel Synopsis:
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!

Beasts of Burden Scores a Director

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