Starz Media Animation has picked up the original screenplay Q from writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Inspired by "Don Quixote," the project centers on marionettes in Central Park who escape from their theater and embark on a fanstastical adventure.
Sokolow and Cohen will produce and oversee all elements of production, while Starz Animation head David J. Steinberg will oversee for the company.
"For us, Q really is a chance to put our feet to the fire," Sokolow said. "A bias against screenwriters is that they are never really in the firing line of production and movie-making. But I think it's really more a case that the system prefers screenwriters to be disposable as a movie is produced and marketed, the end result most times being bitterness or flippancy."
But the Q arrangement allows the creators to maintain a full-immersion experience, something they've been pursuing in the animation realm for years.
No production date has been set.