Sony on a 'Lion' safari


Millions have seen the YouTube video of "Christian the Lion" reuniting in Africa with the two men who bought him from a high-end London department store in 1969.

Now, Sony is looking to bring the story of Christian and the two men, John Rendall and Anthony "Ace" Bourke, to the big screen.

The studio is in the process of securing the life rights of Rendall and Bourke and their 1972 book "A Lion Called Christian."

Neal Moritz and his Original Film would produce. The studio's Matt Tolmach would be one of the execs overseeing. Tolmach's grandfather, Sam Jaffe, was a producer on 1966's "Born Free," about Joy and George Adamson and a pride of lions on their Kenyan reserve.

One of the most-viewed YouTube videos of the reunion features Whitney Houston belting out "I Will Always Love You" in the background to footage from a 1971 documentary about the men seeing Christian a year after they sent him to Africa to be introduced into the wild.

Unsure if Christian would recognize them, the lion approaches the men slowly at first, then rushes toward them and affectionately "hugs" them.

Rendall and Bourke are being repped in the deal by the Loeb & Loeb law firm.

Leslie Simmons reported from Los Angeles; Borys Kit reported from Toronto.