Daily Variety reports that screenwriter William Schifrin (Quest for Camelot) has been tapped to write a computer-animated feature based on the biblical of tale of Noah’s Ark. Walden Media and Creative Battery are producing.
Noah’s Ark is described as a quirky retelling of the time-honored story of the man who built a huge vessel and rescued two of each animal species during the great flood. Rather than focusing on Noah, the pic will reportedly center on a camel who rises to the occasion when his fellow animals are threatened with extinction.
The story of Noah and his Ark was recently mined by French director Jacques-Rémy Girerd for his 2D-animated film, La Prophétie des grenouilles (Raining Cats and Frogs). That film opened in France in December and received the Grand Prix for Feature Film at the 2004 Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival in September. The hand-drawn feature tells the story of a family of zookeepers who must follow Noah’s example when they are told by frogs that the next great flood is coming.
In addition to writing the Warner Bros. animated feature, Quest for Camelot, Schifrin has penned TV scripts for NBC’s Frasier, the ABC comedy Townies, CBS’ Ladies Man and others.