Variety has announced that the actor will star and produce Hachiko: A Dog's Story. Based on a true story and the 1987 Japanese film, the film will follow Gere playing a college prof who decides to share his home with an abandoned dog. "Both man and hound find their lives changed forever as they form an unbreakable bond." Sweet, ain't it? I can almost cut the melodramatic anticipation with a knife! There is no director attached to the feature yet, but one should be picked soon, before the film heads into production this September -- a production of Inferno Entertainment, in association with the Japan-based Shochiku. Have any of you seen the original? I'd be curious to know how it is, and whether you think Gere could pull it off. Personally, I'm not too thrilled by the current description, and hope there's some more depth to it -- and that it doesn't have any sort of sappy, tear at your heart, Old Yeller fate.
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