September 17, 2009 / 5:40 AM / in 8 years

U.K. film producer options story of war hero dog

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - The true story of a heroic Labrador retriever is headed for the big screen.

Indie producer Simon Brooks has optioned the movie rights to the story of Endal, “the most decorated dog in the world,” who cared for a disabled Gulf War veteran, saving his marriage, and, on one occasion, his life.

Brooks has hired Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”) to write a screenplay adapted from the life story of Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton.

Parton suffered crippling head injuries during the Gulf War and got Endal from the Canine Partners charity to assist with everyday chores, from picking items off a supermarket shelf to operating an ATM.

The service dog’s story already has been told in Sandra and Allen Partons’ book, “Endal: How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink,” and a TV documentary that aired earlier this year. Endal died in March at age 13.

Brooks’ Canyon Creek Films production banner aims to start shooting the movie in the summer of 2010.

Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters

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