Walter Salles to direct 'Our Wild Life'

5:18 PM PST 03/09/2010 by Borys Kit, AP

In talks to helm drama based on animal conservationist

Walter Salles is in negotiations to direct "Our Wild Life," an animal drama from New Line being produced by Mandalay Pictures' Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman.

Formerly known as "Peaceable Kingdom" and "Elephant Orphanage," "Life" is based on the life and work of Daphne Sheldrick, an animal conservationist in Kenya who has devoted her life to sheltering elephants from war and poaching. She also is an expert in animal husbandry for infant elephants and rhinos.

Jeff Stockwell wrote the script.

Nick Cassavetes was attached to direct but was let go during the summer. Cassavetes later sued New Line, claiming he was booted after delivering a full rewrite of the script.

New Line's Merideth Finn is overseeing.

"Life" is a rare move into the studio world for the Brazilian director better known for his foreign films such as "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Central Station." WME-repped Salles made his Hollywood debut with "Dark Water" and recently directed a segment in the ensemble shorts feature "Paris, I Love You."
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