20th Century Fox picks up Walking with Dinosaurs

Firm bags distribution rights for US and most major international territories for live action 3D film.
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With the CGI and live action 3D film targeted for release in 2013, 20th Century Fox has picked up the distribution rights for the US and a host of other key territories for Walking with Dinosaurs.

The film will use live action footage of scenery and CGI creatures and is based on the hit six-part BBC series, which originally aired in 1999. Since then, it has reached an audience of more than 700 million worldwide, with a subsequent live arena show touring globally in 2007 playing to more than 6.5 million fans.

In addition to the US distribution rights, Fox will handle the UK, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Latin America among other territories.

"Walking with Dinosaurs has been a huge success both as a television series and live arena tour," said Emma Watts, president of production for 20th Century Fox. "The franchise is perfect for a big screen event, 3D adaptation."

Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide, added: "Film is the next big step for this global franchise and we're creating an incredible cinema experience by combining the BBC's expertise in natural history with Evergreen Films' unique 3D technology."

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