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Movie Update: It's Owen and Jen!

Monday, August 20, 2007

On the message boards, many of you have asked for updates on Fox 2000's plans to make a movie of Marley & Me. Today, this article ran in Daily Variety, the Hollywood trade publication, which gives the latest. I couldn't be more excited, not only about Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who I think will be great in the lead roles, but about David Frankel as director. His most recent movie, "The Devil Wears Prada," I found to be brilliant and very engaging.

Here's the story:

Two wag dog tale

BYLINE: MICHAEL FLEMING

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 1

LENGTH: 226 words

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston will star in "Marley & Me," the Fox 2000 adaptation of John Grogan's bestselling memoir about an incorrigible Labrador retriever.

David Frankel, who last directed "The Devil Wears Prada" for the studio, will helm; Scott Frank is working on the latest draft of the script.

Plan is to begin production next year. Gil Netter and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.

Marley is the yellow lab adopted by Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife. Their idea was to give them a taste of parenthood, but the dog proved to be a hyperactive handful. He wreaks havoc, gets kicked out of obedience school and gets even worse when the children begin to arrive, yet becomes an indispensable part of the family.

Fox 2000's Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell have been trying for weeks to pull the cast together in this frenzied climate ahead of a possible strike, and deals are in final negotiations. Pic should shoot early next year.

Wilson will next be seen in the Wes Anderson-directed "The Darjeeling Limited," recently wrapped "Drillbit Taylor" and is filming "Tropic Thunder" for director Ben Stiller.

Aniston recently committed to the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment-financed Stephen Belber-directed "Management," and she is reportedly in talks to play a small role in the ensemble of "He's Just Not That Into You" for New Line.

posted by John Grogan at 6:59 AM

23 Comments:

Blogger Rafael said...

It's wonderful John !!! Last Week i started to read Jon Katz !!! Great Book about dogs too !!! Can you tray to read my blog ? http://nossablogvida.wordpress.com/2007/07/20/marley-eu-e-nos/ Thanks !!! Best regards !!!

5:50 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Wonderful news! I read Marley and Me when it first came out and my husband and I were deep into the process of raising our first guide dog together for Guiding Eyes for the Blind - VanDyke. Your book made me laugh and cry and also to comment to my husband of what a wonderful movie it would make. I already can't wait to see the film!
Thank you for writing such a heartfelt book and for sharing your stories of Marley with us.
As a side note, VanDyke graduated and is now a full-fledged guide dog living in Massachusetts. As a tribute to him and as a cathartic way of helping me to say goodbye to him, I wrote a song for him. You may listen if you'd like if you visit www.kissprint.com
Warm regards,
Katie Scott

10:41 AM  
Blogger harlan said...

Hi John,
Moments ago I finished Marley and Me (my German Shorthair is Argos--from Homer's Odyssey), and I find myself moved to write. We have never traded comments, but I find myself drawn to your work. I am living in a parallel universe--a writer/journalist from Florida (Miami) who now finds himself in a beautiful part of Pencilvania (Lancaster, and my wife works in Wyomissing), and I was deeply moved by your tale. Three years ago we had to put down our crazy (rescued) Greyhound--my first dog--and I lived exactly what you related. I'm sorry I missed your work at the Inky. You seem to be deeply missed. But I'm sure we will all benefit from your future endeavors. Bring your kids to the Reading Public Museum--ask for Babs (a not-so-obscure movie reference), and when no one knows who that is, ask for Babs's daughter Ellen, and introduce yourself. You have moved us both.
Glad you're staying in PA. Will follow your work with bated (baited?) breath.
Thanks.
Jeffrey
Lancaster

9:00 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Congrats on the movie! I read the book, and laughed, and cried...I read chapters out loud to my husband, who laughed along with me. It helped me overcome the loss of our dog, Maggie. The reason for reading your book? I own a children's store in Canada...Marley and Me. Named after my daughter, Marley, and of course, Me! We share the same website, just different domains...I always thought it was a tribute to Bob Marley site. Customer's kept coming in asking if I named my store after your book...that piqued my curiosity. I'm glad I read it...it changed our life. We now have our own puppy, Dexter, who is hell bent on driving us crazy..but we love him to death. Thank you John! I can't wait to see the movie...hey, it can only help my business! Kris LaCourse www.marleyandme.ca

12:34 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

I saw your book, Marley and Me, when it first came out in the book stores. I thought it was something i would like to read, but kept putting it off. My black lab Molly passed away in March 2007. People were talking about your book, but i could not birng myself to read it. It was too soon. My wife purchased your book for my birthday, but i just could not bring myself to read it. Several weeks after my birthday i began to read. I could not put your book down. It brought back so many wonderful memories with my Molly. I thank you for writing this book and I'm looking foward to the movie. My wife Sharon, and i have been thinking of rescueing a dog, and your book has made up our minds to give our hearts to another dog. Sharon is now reading your book. Thanks again. Tony Caezza

8:49 PM  
Blogger Graziela said...

Oi John! My name is Graziela and I am form Brazil. I read the book, laughs very at the confusions of Marley, but in compensation I was extremely moved with the end of history. Today they make 05 days that I finished the book and I feel myself so sad! The Marley started to be part of my life while she read its book! Perhaps this emotion is because of the form that Marley had that to leave. It would go to be perfect that the papa of the sky took it without the euthanasia was necessary. But unhappyly it did not happen! I think about this the time all and cry! I do not see the hour that the film is being shown. My relatives and friends say “if with the book you this thus crying, imagines in the film! I know that the film goes to be comedy, and with certainty I will have fun myself very! Only for the actors who will be in the film already of pra to see that he goes to be a success! I know that it is much pretension mine, but would like to receive an email its, as comfort. My address of email is gktabai@hotmail.com . Thanks John!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

Hi John! Wonderful book, well, I haven't finished it yet, I'm trying to read it as slow as possible, I don't want it to end!! I got myself a Labrador (Emma is her name) three years ago, a little after my 10 year-old Husky Syberian (Loba) died (it's steel hearthbreaking, and I know think about both of them while reading your book), and is so amazing that in your description of Marley you're almost describing her exactly!! The 'Marley Mambo', she does that, the Mr. Wiggles part, my mother says she loves us with her whole body, she's a handfull also, she destroyed the dining room chairs, the wood on the couches, part of my bed, she's amazing, we love her so much... Your book is like the dog lover's bible, I think I feel everything a little more because of my dogs, I acctually bought the book only because Marley's face on the cover! Anyway, congratulations and THANK YOU for the story, it's been wonderful so far, the rest of my family is eager to read it but as for me finishing the book, well, I will push it as far as I can... Best Regards!
Alejandra Valdes (Mexico)

5:31 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

John,
My husband and I just finished reading Marley and Me and laughed til we cried and then cried sad tears at the end. I'm so glad you and Jenny took and kept Marley, alot of people would not have put up with him. You gave him a great life!! While I was reading the book I told my husband "they" should make a movie out of this. So today I find your website and now the process of a movie. I cannot wait.
God Bless You and your family,
Denise :-)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

We've been reading "Marley & Me" as a family. Because of the adult themes that appear, my wife has been reading aloud while we travel with our three kids, ages 9, 13, & 17, just skipping the age-inappropriate content. (Glad to see that you've published Marley: A Dog Like No Other -- good move!) Anyway, it's not often you can get those wide range of ages (including parents) to agree on a great story, but you did it anyhow! We're at the part where Marley is starting to have a hard time keeping up with you in PA, and we all have the dreaded sense of where this is leading. I'm not sure how we do it, but we seem to be a magnet for dogs with genetic tics, if you get my drift. Not anything quite as destructive as Marley, but many other funny attributes, like our lab/shar-pei mix's "body wag". I never knew any living thing could be as eternally happy as this dog! I often ask her to give me some of her happy pills! Then there's our Landseer (a type of Newfoundland) who has an affinity to reflections and shadows and whom we have utterly failed to keep out of lakes. Sorry we missed you on your recent vacation to Lake Huron ;-) , we spend some of our summer weekends in Lexington. Looking forward to seeing the movie! Hope Owen recovers quickly, but too early to tell at this juncture, I suppose.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Do you think that will change now that Owen's fail attempt at suicide? Who do you think they will pick next?

5:03 PM  
Blogger ZhiLin said...

Hi there John,
I'm from Malaysia and I read "Marley & Me". I think that the book is awesome and it had me laughing ang crying. Its truly a touching story and I'm glad that it would be made into a movie! I wanaa thank you for sharing this heartfelt story with all of us and Marley reminded me strongly of my dog, Pretzel who is always filled to the brim with energy. I hope to be able to read more of your works :) They're great!
Best Regards,
Zhi Lin

6:24 AM  
Blogger The Murphys said...

Those movie-makers had just BETTER stick to the true story!

8:44 PM  
Blogger nate45 said...

I'm so happy for you and Marley's success. I just finished the book yesterday night. I couldn't hold back from tears when I read the ending. (Marley's situation reminded me of our own "bucket headed" lab. Sadly he passed four years ago.)

I randomly came across this book in our local library and thought it would be worth reading, boy was it! I thought it was funny after reading recent news about Owen Wilson I stumbled on his agreement to do the movie. Jenifer Aniston and Owen Wilson are wonderful actors and I am already looking forward to the movie.

Congratulations. According to my math (which isn't very good) Marley's 4th anniversary of death is coming soon. I mourn your loss.

I hope you and your family are well.

~Nate
nate.h.45@gmail.com

2:56 PM  
Blogger AtelierGal said...

Hi John!!

Finally I bought your book today.
I was so engrossed that I read 4 chapters in a row while having lunch.

http://blog.pixnet.net/AtelierGal/post/8478338

I can't wait to finish reading the book. Also glad that it will be made into a film. I can picture Jennifer Aniston cleaning Marley and riding the house of ticks which reading.

:)

3:11 AM  
Blogger Bruce Goldstein said...

Hi John,

Well you've heard it all before. The book is amazing!! So real! I can totally relate. I can't even imagine parting with my 11 year old, Ozzy. I'm going to love him everyday as much as I can.

I actually wrote a memoir (that's coming out this March) about my experience with Ozzy, my beautiful labrador puppy. PUPPY CHOW IS BETTER THAN PROZAC. The true story of a man and the dog who saved his life.

11 years ago, the love of my life left. I was diagnosed bipolar. Severe moodswings. It was a really bad time. My ending. But when medicine and doctors couldn't get me out of bed, I drove through a hurricane and met Ozzy. A 6 week old puppy, my furry little angel, who would be the one who could give me the strength to live again.

Ozzy just turned 11 last week and although the booger continues to drive me crazy, he'll always be my best friend.

I was wondering if maybe you can read the manuscript sometime. I'd love to hear what you think. Maybe you can even write a blurb if you like it for my back cover. It would mean a lot to us and probably your readers. The book is really going to help a lot of people suffering from depression as well as dog lovers.

If you like, I can e-mail it to you. We really look forward to hearing from you.


Woof! Woof!
Thanks for your time,
Bruce & Ozzy

bruceandozzy@earthlink.net

11:55 AM  
Blogger AtelierGal said...

Dear John,

I've finally finished reading the book. I meant to read it slow but I just couldn't put it down most of the time.

http://blog.pixnet.net/AtelierGal/post/8787768

It's a very enjoyable read which made me cry buckets. I'm sure you & your family felt worse off than me.

Again, can't wait to watch the feature film. It will, no doubt, make me cry.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Severine said...

I love Marley and Me; I even try to convince every dog-person that I know into reading it. ^_^. Marley made me laugh and cry in a bus while reading it on the way to work. Those people might think that I’m such a nutter. :D
Can’t HARDLY wait for Marley and Me the movie!! *am soooo excited!* Cheers, Severine – Jakarta, Indonesia.

6:45 PM  
Blogger montmartre said...

Just finished reading Marley & Me. It's such a beautiful story. I'm still crying... I'm so glad they are making a movie. If Marley only knew... but again, he was already "sort of an actor"...
thanks.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Callista said...

I just finished Marley and Me (and will be adding a review in a few minutes to my book blog) but I have to say, Owen and Jen are NOT what I would consider good choices for the roles. I realize you had no choice in the matter and that you are happy with the choices but I gotta say that I think the movie would be better with someone else.

9:37 PM  
Blogger alice said...

WOW ! That sounds exciting ! I just wonder if they can found a Dog as Marley !
I think that will be the toughest castig moment !
I can't wait to watch it !

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jill Holaday said...

John and family, You all are a part of us now. Tom and I just finished listening to M & M and we feel so sad to finish it. I miss him so I plan to read the book in '08. We have 2 yellow labs (one is Lucy, a match for Marley). She was my son's in Little Rock and he just couldn't handle her with a new bride and a small house. So we have 30 acres here and she loves it. Reminds me of your heaven in New England. Anyway, we grew up in WPB and could visualize all the places you talked about. Your book is a treasure. You really have a knack for writing. We laughed and cried all the way through it. Now my grown children are all enjoying it. The movie better be good.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Jill Holaday said...

Oops, I forgot to tell you that one of our grandchildren is Marley, 8 years old, probably named for Bob also, but she is a beautiful little girl.

5:52 PM  
Blogger luomodelnord said...

John, I purchased your novel in Milan Italy 3 days ago while on holiday & feel compelled to write warning of the implications in reading this book in public.
I was drawn to start reading immediately due to my scepticism of the review which said 'Made me laugh so much I pulled a muscle in my solar plexus', "Aye, right! all books say that" thought I, so I began on the subway back to my accommodation.
I soon realised I was wrong to doubt as after several pages I began to draw unwanted attention from people around by contorting my face & making involuntary noise's while attempting to suppress my laughter.People actually jostled to see who the escaped loony was that created such a loud din.
"The Daily Mail was spot on", it was hilarious, I can't remember when I last laughed so hard!
"No more of this book in public for me" for fear of being carted off to a mental institution, which lasted till the flight home today when I upped the ante on embarrassing incidents by openly crying my way through the last chapter, which lead to bemused air stewardess's enquiring on my well being.
Thank You for this book as it brought back memories of my own faithful companion Ben who took me down many exasperating but joyful roads right up until his final day.

Pure Genius Man.

Yours Sincerely

Kev from Scotland

1:33 PM  

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