Coming off the back of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Amblin Entertainment is gearing up for the release of their next family film. eOne had set the A Dog’s Purpose UK release date for January, hitting cinemas on the same day as its US release. However, the UK release date has since been moved back to April.
When the A Dog’s Purpose UK release date was first announced, US distributor also released the first trailer for the feel-good film. I’d never have believed it if I hadn’t seen the footage, but the filmmakers have managed to give it a Cloud Atlas-esque feel with a lovable dog at the heart of the movie, instead of Tom Hanks.
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.
Beloved for voicing Olaf in Frozen, Josh Gad is back in the recording booth to lend his voice as the dog of the title. Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, and Pooch Hall complete the cast.
Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Safe Haven) is behind the camera. He directs from a script by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon (Muffin Top: A Love Story), Audrey Wells (Shall We Dance), and Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wally Wolodarksky (The Simpsons). They all based the film on Cameron’s book of the same name.
Moving back the A Dog’s Purpose UK release date means it will no longer have to open opposite Illumination’s animated musical Sing. The two were going to be gunning for very similar family audiences, so it’s not a big surprise to see it move back, even if it is a shame to have to wait longer for it. Its new date positions it as counterprogramming opposite Warner Bros.’ thriller To Have and to Hold, previously titled Unforgettable.
The A Dog’s Purpose UK release date is set for January 27th, 2017. It opens in the US on the same day.