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‘Nemo’ writer set for Sony toon

Pic based on original story by helmer Franck

David Reynolds has been tapped to pen an untitled animated feature for Sony Pictures Animation.

Reynolds, who co-scribed Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” will base the feature on an original story by veteran animator Stephan Franck (“Despicable Me”), who will direct.

“We are thrilled and excited to be making a movie at Sony Pictures Animation with Stephan directing and David, one of the funniest writers in the business,” said exec producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

Toon will be the first of four features to come out of a first-look deal that Gotham Group and Sony Animation inked in 2009. Gotham’s Goldsmith-Vein, Peter McHugh and Eric Robinson, along with Karen Dufilho-Rosen, will exec produce.

Sony Animation veep of development Alexa Amin will oversee the production for Sony.

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