Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man is heading to the big screen courtesy of Dreamworks and Universal, here are the details.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, written by Nicholas Stoller and directed by David Soren, is one of the funniest, most delightful animated films of recent years. It even boasts a brilliant theme song by Weird Al Yankovic. The brief clad superhero ought to have had many more big screen adventures, but it wasn’t to be, although a short lived television series is still available to watch on Netflix.
Back in 2020, we heard that author Dav Pilkey’s other hit novel series Dog Man was heading to the big screen. The series consists of 11 books, with the 12th due to be published in March, and has sold over 60 million copies. We finally have some more concrete details about the film, which is nearing completion.
The synopsis reads as follows, for a start.
Dog Man‘s plot is thrust into motion when a dog and a police officer are injured together on the job. A life-saving surgery thereafter changes the course of history when Dog Man is born. Half dog, half man, Dog Man is sworn to protect and serve — as long as he isn’t distracted by squirrels — as he doggedly pursues his arch-nemesis: the feline supervillain Petey the Cat. But the rivalry between Dog Man and Petey is upended by the arrival of an adorable kitten clone of Petey, Lil Petey, who changes the game for both of them.
In terms of personnel, Peter Hastings, who worked on the Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants television series, will direct, with Karen Foster producing.
Universal has set a release date of 31st January 2025, exactly a year away to the day this story is being published. An ambitious schedule for an animated film, though it’s not clear how far along they are. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.