Phil Lord and Chris Miller may have gotten started directing animated films like The Lego Movie, but lately they have been mostly sticking to producing lately through their first-look deal with Universal Pictures which aims to produce features in both comedy and drama based on original content, existing IP, and other media formats. Now, another film that falls under that deal has been announced with Universal Pictures nabbing the live-action project Strays. The film was developed through Lord and Miller and their label’s film president Aditya Sood.
Based on an original pitch from writer Dan Perrault (American Vandal), the adult comedy will focus on an abandoned dog who teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner. Josh Greenbaum, who just made his narrative directorial debut with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, will take the helm for Strays. Picturestart will produce the film (after having developed the script) with that company's president Erik Feig serving as producer for the film alongside Louis Leterrier serving as co-producer through his Rabbit Hole Productions banner. Picturestart's Julia Hammer will serve as another co-producer. Jeyun Munford, Universal Pictures senior vice president of production development, will oversee for the studio while Jessica Switch will executive produce alongside Nikki Baida (who will executive produce for Lord Miller). Stay tuned!