20th Century Fox Animation has picked up the right to adapt the documentary ‘The Eagle Huntress’, a girl-empowerment film about a Kazakh girl learning the ancient (and traditionally male practice) of hunting with golden eagles, into an animated film.
Originally a live-action documentary, ‘The Eagle Huntress’ was executively produced by Morgan Spurlock (documentary film maker behind ‘Super Size Me’) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Sony Pictures Classics holds the distribution rights for the original, but Fox believes it has the potential to be successfully remade as a CG-animated film too, potentially being handed to Fox-Owned Blue Sky Studios who recently produced ‘The Peanuts Movie’.
The animated adaption will be produced by Chris Wedge (co-founder of Blue Sky and director ‘Ice Age’, ‘Robots’, and ‘Epic’), with a script by Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer, Shrek Forever After). The project will be overseen by Fox Animation exec Darlene Caamano Loquet and division president Vanessa Morrison.
The synopsis of the documentary version is as follows:
For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Though this practice has traditionally been the domain of men, 13-year-old eagle huntress Aisholpan decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter after spending her childhood helping her father, a renowned eagle hunter, care for his birds. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather—and very few others—Aisholpan learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she will compete against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance.