According to The Hollywood Reporter, the man behind last year's biggest Sundance success story, March of the Penguins director Luc Jacquet, said that his follow-up will be The Fox & the Child, a project combining nature documentary footage and a fictionalized story.

Penguins producers Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud and Emmanuel Priou, along with producer Bonne Pioche, will shepherd the $13 million-plus film, scheduled for a yearlong shoot beginning in March and aiming for a December 2007 completion date. Production will take place in France, Italy and Romania.

Fox centers on a young girl and her friendship with the eponymous animal. An adult female narrator will relate the tale as a memoir of her childhood.