Freudenthal master of DW's 'Dogs'

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DreamWorks has tapped visual effects maven Thor Freudenthal to direct "Hotel for Dogs."

Based on Lois Duncan's novel, the story revolves around two orphaned teenagers who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Jeff Lowell penned the screenplay.

Lauren Shuler Donner, a renowned dog lover who has more than a dozen pet canines, is producing alongside Jack Leslie.

DreamWorks' Marc Haimes and Chloe Dan are shepherding the project for the studio.

Freudenthal, a former CG artist who worked on the "Stuart Little" films, is attached to direct 20th Century Fox's "They Came From Upstairs."

He is repped by the Gersh Agency, the Gotham Group and attorney Rob Szymanski.
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