Adamson is producing the planned CG-animated adaptation with his Strange Weather Films partner Aron Warner and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment. Adamson and Warner produced and directed several entries in DreamWorks’ successful Shrek franchise films before getting involved in movie versions of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Real FX is producing Beasts of Burden. Run by former Industrial Light and Magic senior executive Ed Jones and former Walden Media CEO Cary Granat, the company specializes in CG and live-action hybrid projects.
Beasts of Burden is set in Burden Hill, a community where several supernatural events occur, causing a gang of dogs (along with a cat) to team up for the safety of their owners and the town’s residents.
The characters first appeared in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead and Monsters. Created by Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), they earned the pair Eisner Awards for best short story and best painter.
Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment is the executive producer; Strange Weather’s Jeff Fierson is the co-producer. Jared Mass, head of feature development at Reel FX, will supervise the project for the studio.