20th Century Fox has snapped up domestic rights and several key territories to BBC Earth’s $65 million family feature “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D” reports Variety.
The film is based on the popular late 90’s BBC documentary series created by Tim Haines which reached an audience of 700 million at the time. No word on what the story or narrative structure of the film would be other than it being a combination of live-action footage and CGI creatures with a family audience being squarely targeted.
Neil Nightingale and Pierre De Lespinois are co-directing from a script by John Collee (“Happy Feet”). Announced a week ago at the American Film Market, the project is now sold out worldwide with pre-sales essentially covering almost all of the film’s budget. Fox is planning a tentpole release for the film in 2013.
Other films selling well at AFM this year are George Clooney’s political thriller “The Ides of March”, the film adaptation of “Hunger Games”, and Andrew Dominik’s “Cogan’s Trade”.