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Rising India floats ‘Noah’s Ark’

Philip LaZebnik wrote animated feature

Rising India is co-financing production and distribution of the animated feature “Noah’s Ark” with Unified Pictures, with the former providing $40 million for production and P&A.

Production will take place in Los Angeles and Singapore, with key art and direction based in the U.S. through Unified’s inhouse animation division, ElectroAge. Unified’s also handling worldwide sales.

“Ark” is written by Philip LaZebnik (“The Prince of Egypt,” “Mulan”) and told from the point of view of the animals’ journey. Producers are aiming for fall 2011 theatrical release.

Unified first announced development of “Noah’s Ark” in 2007 with LaZebnik onboard.

U.S.-based Rising India noted in the announcement that it has business relationships with a number of Asian companies that provide background and expertise in animation as well as financing of animation and family-friendly movie projects.

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