According to The Hollywood Reporter, two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Dykstra is set to make his directorial debut on Tortoise and Hippo for Walden Media and Relevant Entertainment.

"It's a dream come true", Dykstra said. "The biggest thing to me is that having waited this long (to direct a feature) has provided me with an understanding of how films are made, and the critical component is collaboration. I'm really looking forward to telling this tale in the company of such a great team."

Tortoise and Hippo is based on a real-life event scripted by Shrek co-writer Roger S.H. Schulman.