Vincenzo Natali is set to write and direct the science fiction flick, Splice for Steven Hoban of Copperheart Entertainment and executive producers Franck Chorot of Gaumont. Guillermo del Toro, Don Murphy and Susan Montford also are executive producing via their Angry Bulls company.

The story explores a dark vision of the world of genetic engineering in which two young scientists become superstars by splicing different animal DNA to create fantastical new creatures. The Hollywood Reporter adds they ignore the legal and ethical boundaries and introduce human DNA into their experiment.

Casting is under way for Splice, which will be live action, and shoot in the summer in Toronto.