According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Rygiel, who won three visual effects Oscars for his work on the Lord of the Rings films, is set to make his directorial debut on the upcoming indie feature Bunyan and Babe for Venice, Calif.-based Exodus Film Group.

Based on the legendary figure of Paul Bunyan, Bunyan and Babe is a live-action family adventure following Bunyan's attempts -- with the help of a couple of kids -- to rescue his ox from the evil clutches of a demented circus owner.

The film will feature the voice of Eddie Griffin as the CGI-animated Babe the Blue Ox.