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Channing Tatum Remembers His Dog That Inspired His New Major Hollywood Movie

By Jeff Mazzeo

Channing Tatum paid tribute to his late dog, Lulu to celebrate his latest Hollywood success. His newest project is inspired by the beloved pooch and MGM just gave it the green light.

The actor shared his excitement on Instagram on Monday by posting a few sweet snaps of him and Lulu. Earlier in the day, the news broke that MGM studios acquired the rights to distribute Tatum and his longtime creative partner Reid Carolin's road trip tale, "Dog." One pic features Channing on a dirt bike as Lulu stares lovingly into his eyes and another shows the duo snuggled up in the bed of his truck on the inspirational road trip.

"A little over a year ago I got back from a road trip where I said goodbye to my best friend. Now I’m making a movie inspired by her. So proud to announce that DOG will be released by @mgm_studios and in theaters next Valentine’s Day weekend," Tatum wrote in the caption of his post.

Jessie J quickly left him a heart ❤️ emoji in the comments section of his post.

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Lulu's Battle With Cancer

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Lulu was Channing and his ex, Jenna Dewan's loving animal companion and the dog sadly passed away in December of 2018 after a long battle cancer.

Both Dewan and Tatum shared special tribute posts for their fallen friend. "Thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did," Jenna wrote. While Tatum shared a picture of the two running on the beach and eulogized, "I'll see you again baby girl," adding, "But you'll always be with me."

'Dog' The Movie

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Tatum and his partner pitched the movie idea back in November 2019 at the American Film Market and is set to film in May now that MGM is taking the distribution reigns. Channing will play Army Ranger Briggs and he will set off on a comedic road trip with his dog Lulu to attend a friend and dog handler's funeral, according to Deadline. They will push each other's buttons as the head down the Pacific coast avoiding trouble and a few near-death experiences. Sounds fun! We're in.

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