Fox 'Walking With Dinosaurs' in U.S.


Fox has grabbed U.S. distribution rights to the 3D family adventure film Walking With Dinosaurs.

Directed by Neil Nightengale and Pierre De Lespinois, the live-action/CGI hybrid is based on the 1999 BBC Earth six-part television series and the subsequent live arena show that sold millions of tickets.

Fox plans a 2013 release for the feature.

"Walking With Dinosaurs has been a huge success in the live tour and on TV, and the franchise is perfect for a big-screen 3D adaptation," Fox production president Emma Watts said. "We love it!"

Reliance Big Pictures, Evergreen Films and BBC Earth are producing the project, written by John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). Fox negotiated the deal over the weekend with IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Fox also picked up rights in the U.K., France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Latin America. Since the film's debut at AFM, IM Global has sold off additional territory rights to Constantin (Germany), Alliance (Canada), Aurum (Spain) and Dutch Filmworks (Benelux).