Fox howling for Marmaduke

Comic-strip classic Marmaduke is headed to the big screen, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox has signed director Tom Dey (“Failure to Launch”) to develop a big-screen adaptation of the decades-running newspaper comic strip, about a mischievous Great Dane who lives with the Winslow family, in 1954 (The big dog then appeared in several animated episodes of “Heathcliff” and “Garfield and Friends.”)

It hasn’t been decided whether “Marmaduke” will be live-action, animated or a mutt but considering the big numbers “Alvin & The Chipmunks” generated for the studio one would assume he’ll be CGI, right? (On the other hand, the studio did well with “Marley & Me”, which featured a living, breathing pooch, so ya never know).