Lassie Come Home will make its North Americanpremiere as the opening night film at the ninth annual Sprockets TorontoInternational Film Festival for Children on April 21.

Released in the UKin December 2005 under the title Lassie, the Charles Sturridge-directed update of theclassic canine hero stars Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage.Sturridge adapted Eric Knight's original 1938 story.

The new film is producedby Element Films' Ed Guiney and Firstsight Films' Sturridge and Francesca Barrain conjunction with Classic Media.