Marathon-running stray dog Gobi to get Hollywood treatment

A film is to be made about Gobi. Picture; contributed
A film is to be made about Gobi. Picture; contributed
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ONE of the world’s biggest movie studios is reportedly planning to make a movie about Gobi the marathon-running stray dog.

Gobi is settling in well to her new life in Scotland after she was rescued by runner Dion Leonard.

According to Variety magazine, 20th Century Fox is “developing” a movie about the extraordinary story of how the abandoned pup from China ended up in Edinburgh. The studio has made some of the biggest box office hits in cinema history, including the Star Wars franchise.

The entertainment magazine wrote: “Twentieth Century Fox Film is developing a movie based on Dion Leonard’s upcoming memoir, ‘Finding Gobi,’ about a stray dog he met while competing in an ultramarathon in China.

“The studio has preemptively acquired the film rights to the book, which will be published worldwide in June.”

The news was also revealed to 30,000 members through a post on the Finding Gobi Facebook page which included a link to the magazine article.

Dion said: “It’s pretty surreal.

“I’m not sure yet who will play her or if she will be playing herself. She’s a pretty individual looking dog so it might be hard to find one similar.”