FINALLY, the filming of The Art of Racing in the Rain has commenced. “I was surprised and excited when I got an email a few months ago saying the filming would start April 30, ironically, on my mother’s birthday,” says Garth. “I’ve always said, a book doesn’t get better because it’s made into a movie; still, it’s pretty cool to think about Enzo on the silver screen!”
The lineup of celebrities attached to the movie—filming in Seattle, Vancouver, and Los Angeles—includes Milo Ventimiglia who’s currently America’s favorite TV dad playing the loving, strong, but flawed father on the Emmy winning show, This Is Us. Two-time Academy Award winner, Kevin Costner, gives voice to Enzo. Amanda Seyfried co-stars in the role of Denny’s wife, Eve. The project is helmed by the talented director, Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Goodbye Christopher Robin).
As faithful fans of Enzo and Garth know, the movie project has jumped around since 2009, when Universal began developing the adaptation with Patrick Dempsey slated to play the role of Denny. That version didn’t pan out, nor did the one with Disney. But Dempsey never stopped believing in the charm and wisdom of the canine mutt named Enzo, and found a home for the project at Fox 2000, with Dempsey producing.
We’ll let you know the release date for the movie once it’s in post-production. In the meantime, summer is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to re-read The Art of Racing in the Rain, or give a copy to a friend who hasn’t yet had the pleasure. The middle-grade version, Racing in the Rain, and the Enzo Kidz picture books let you turn this into a delightful family reading project, with discussion guides, games, and related projects for the kidz at www.EnzoKidz.com.