John Stevenson Noahs Ark Director

Unified Pictures has tapped John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) to direct its CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure tells the story from the point of view of the animals and follows an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals.

“John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the business and brings with him a wealth of experiences,” said Unified Pictures president Keith Kjarval. “His unique ability to personalize this global story with tremendous heart and humor is sure to make this an inspiring film for all ages.”

The film’s script was written by Philip LaZebnik (Disney’s “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”) and Glen Dolman.

Executive producers are Cecil Kramer (“Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”) and Stevenson with Unified Pictures’ Kjarval and Kurt Rauer.

Stevenson worked with Jim Henson on “The Great Muppet Caper,” “The Dark Crystal,” and “Labyrinth” before moving to DreamWorks Animation, where he was head of story and worked on “Shrek,” “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar.” He received an Oscar nomination for “Kung Fu Panda.”

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