The film will be based on Garth Stein's best-selling novel
Thomas Bezucha will direct “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” a film adaptation of the best-selling novel about a professional racecar driver and his family as told from the perspective of the family dog.
Bezucha wrote and directed his first three movies – “Big Eden, “The Family Stone” and “Monte Carlo” — but this time he will direct from a script by “Wolverine” writer Mark Bomback. Michael Rich wrote an earlier draft.
Bomback and Rich worked from Garth Stein's novel, which remained on the New York Times best-seller list for more than 100 weeks. Universal Pictures bought the rights to the book in 2009 as a starring vehicle for Dempsey, then in the middle of his starring run on “Grey's Anatomy.” UTA brokered that deal on behalf of Stein and Folio Literary.
Though Dempsey will not appear in the movie, he is producing it with “Fast and Furious” producer Neal Moritz (“Fast & Furious”). Starbucks Entertainment will executive produce with Tania Landau and Joannie Burstein.
Bezucha is represented by WME, Mosaic and attorney David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light, LLP.