Sony Sends Gere’s ‘Hachi’ Straight to DVD

Studio drops U.S. theatrical release for true-life dog story

Sony is sending "Hachi: A Dog’s Tale" straight to DVD.

It’s a surprising move, given that the movie boasts Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom and a big star in lead actor Richard Gere. Add in a heartwarming true story about a loyal pooch and you’d think it would stand to clean up at the box office.

No word yet on why Stage 6 (a division of Sony) decided to forgo a U.S. release for the movie, but the studio did confirm the move to TheWrap.

The DVD has a street date of March 9, 2010.