According to The Hollywood Reporter, Focus Features said Thursday that it will produce the fantasy epic 9, to be directed by Shane Acker in his first animated feature project.

The film has the backing of an impressive list of producers, including Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov (Russian director of Fox Searchlight's Night Watch) and Jim Lemley (executive producer of DreamWorks' Red Eye).

Focus president of production John Lyons will oversee the project for the company. "Shane is a gifted artist and storyteller, one whose work will appeal to audiences internationally," Focus co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus said. "As Focus' first animated feature project, '9' is also part of our established initiative of cultivating new filmmakers and encouraging their creativity in groundbreaking genres and styles."