Hotel for Dogs is a 2009 American feature film adaptation of the Lois Duncan novel of the same name about two orphans who take in stray dogs at an empty hotel named the Duke Francis.. The film, which began shooting November 2007, is directed by Thor Freudenthal and stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Kyla Pratt, and Don Cheadle. The book was adapted by Jeff Lowell and Kim Possible creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle. It was released on January 16, 2009. The film is the Nickelodeon cable television network's first film to be produced by DreamWorks Pictures rather than Paramount Pictures, except for the Paramount/DreamWorks co-production Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Though not officially released by the company, Paramount Pictures did help to release the film. The film was a DreamWorks SKG/Nickelodeon Movies presentation of a Donners' Company and Donner/Shuler- Donner production.