Director Alison Eastwood picks up Federal Hill resident's screenplay

Federal Hill dog walking goes Hollywood.

It looks like dog walking could finally be paying off for Sarah Rothschild.

Ten years ago, the Annapolis native and Federal Hill resident, 37, wrote a screenplay about a twentysomething woman who, after an unexpected divorce, comes up with a plan to get hired as a dog walker by her ex and his new wife.

“She plans to kind of stalk him and win him back,” Rothschild says.

The screenplay, which she wrote as a graduate student at Towson University, was picked up by ABC Family – Emily Blunt was once attached to the project, Rothschild says – but never got made. Last year, however, she got word that the script had been picked up again, this time by producer Alison Eastwood (Clint’s daughter).

Rothschild said filming could start sometime next year. Could.

“It sort of has this second or third or fourth or fifth life to it,” she says with a laugh, counting on nothing.

Clearly, however, Rotchschild knows of what she writes. Her husband, Jeff, runs the Luv My Pet dog-walking service out of their Federal Hill home. She’s done some walking for him in the past, Rothschild says, and still fills in occasionally.

But she’s more intent on furthering her screenwriting career. She’s had a couple scripts optioned, and has done some rewrites and script development, polishing other people's scripts or developing other people's stories. But as yet, she says, nothing has actually made it to production.

“That’s the next milestone I’m hoping to hit,” Rothschild says. “Fingers crossed.”

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