Mark Osborne, best known as the co-director of 2008’s Kung Fu Panda, has signed on to direct the European adaptation of The Little Prince, reports Variety.
Based on the classic children’s novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince tells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert (as de Saint-Exupéry was and did in real life) and who meets a young Prince, who lives on an asteroid called B-612. The Prince is currently on Earth as part of a journey to travel the universe, meeting adults on different planets and hearing their stories.
Featuring drawings by Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is famous for its deeply philosophical narrative and, since 1943, has become one of the best-selling books of all time.
Planned for adaptation as a 3D animated film, The Little Prince is targeting a 2014 release. It has been previously adapted for the stage and the screen, including a 1974 live-action musical version directed by Stanley Donen.