Noah Baumbach has been covertly directing DreamWorks Animation’s Flawed Dogs, according to a report by Bleeding Cool.
The filmmaker, who first rose to prominence with 2005’s The Squid and the Whale, has been taking a stealthy approach to his recent projects. The director filmed this year’s Frances Ha in secret, only confirming its existence when it had completed production, and next to nothing is known about his current production effort, While We’re Young.
An adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s illustrated novel, Flawed Dogs has been in development at DreamWorks Animation for nearly three years now. The story centers around a dachshund who must reclaim his place in the family after being wrongly exiled by a jealous show dog.
The release of Flawed Dogs is likely still some time away as DWA has its schedule set through 2016, giving Baumbach ample time to juggle his live-action projects with his duties on the animated feature. Baumbach has previously worked with the animation studio, co-writing Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, as well as Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated feature, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.