Independent financer Unified Pictures (Bob Funk) is launching development of the $35 million CG-animated feature Noah's Ark -- to be told from the point of view of the animals in the ark.

According to Variety, Unified has signed Philip LaZebnik (The Prince of Egypt, Mulan, Pocahontas) to write the screenplay. ElectroAge has already started on the animation.

Unified president Keith Kjarval said improvements in CG technology will make it possible to give Noah's Ark the look and feel of a studio film. He anticipates that the cartoon will be completed over the next two years.