AFM: Chevy Chase's 'Shelby' Lands U.S. Home With Starz (Exclusive)
The canine Christmas tale also sells in major territories around the globe
Buyers are barking for Chevy Chase's Shelby.
The holiday film has landed a U.S. home with Starz Media, as well as striking deals in a number of major territories overseas for Highland Film Group, which is representing worldwide rights. Anchor Bay Entertainment will handle video distribution in the U.S. as part of the Starz pact.
Directed by Brian K. Roberts, the holiday romp follows a down-on-his-luck dog who escapes from the local pound and finds himself in the home of a young wannabe magician (John Paul Ruttan) and his grandpa (Chase), with a dogcatcher hot on his trail. Tom Arnold also stars, with Rob Schneider voicing the role of the mischievous pooch.
"As actors, we've all been warned never to work with dogs and children, but there’s something about Shelby that’s very refreshingly family and funny at the same time," Chase said in a statement.
The Fyzz Facility, based in the U.K. and L.A., developed the story, and then financed the film in conjunction with Canada's Naked Fury and Outpost Media.
Territories where the film has sold include the U.K. (Signature Entertainment), Australia and New Zealand (Jigsaw), Benelux (Just Bridge), France (Zylo), Middle East (Falcon), Slovakia (TV JOJ), Fox Asia (PanAsia TV) and Turkey (Profile Media).
Wayne Marc Godfrey, David Gilbery and Robert Jones are executive producing for the Fyzz Facility, a financing and production outfit whose slate includes London Fields, Jennifer Aniston's Cake and upcoming thriller The Survivalist, as well as Martin Scorsese's Silence.
Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. An earlier version of this story misidentified Highland Film Group. THR regrets the error.