EXCLUSIVE: Big Beach has teamed with French animation company Superprod and Luxembourg-bassed Bidibul Productions to turn the classic Jack London novel White Fang into an animated film. Alexandre Espirages, who won an Academy Award for his short animated film Mr. Hublot, has been set to direct. It’s the first animated film for Little Miss Sunshine producer Big Beach, whose Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf are producing with Superprod’s Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner. Bidibul’s Lilian Eche and Christel Henon will be exec producers with Leah Holzer of Big Beach. The script has been written by Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret, and Serge Frydman. Backup Media financing its development.

UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American sales and set up the financing with Big Beach and Backup. Wild Bunch will distribute the film in France. Superprod and Bidibul Productions arranged the European financing.

White Fang is the classic tale of a canine’s journey from life in the wild to domestication, exploring themes of morality, redemption and love. London’s 1906 classic has been translated into over 89 languages.

“Said Big Beach’s Turtletaub and Saraf: “Animation gives us the unique opportunity to craft an original and moving story about wildlife, heroism and family — all told from a wolf’s point of view.”