Sony Pictures Animation has picked up an original project from Finding Nemo co-writer David Reynolds and animation veteran Stephan Franck and the Gotham Group, reports Heat Vision.

David Reynolds will write the script, based on an original story from Stephan Franck (Despicable Me), who will direct.

The film is the first in a four picture, first-look deal that Gotham signed with Sony Pictures Animation in 2009.

The plot is being kept under wraps.

No production date has been set.