YouTube Lion Weeper Roaring to Big Screen

Lion cub love gets blockbuster treatment
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2010 3:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – A film currently working its way through Hollywood development has everything a movie producer could want: animals, family reunions, and a story people already know about. The film is Christian the Lion, based on a pair of Brits who bought a lonely lion cub at Harrod's department store, raised it and reintroduced it to Africa, only to have it recognize them in an emotional reunion in the wild a year later.

Christian the Lion has attracted the attention of prominent producer Neal Moritz, who was behind The Fast and the Furious and I Am Legend. Combined with the YouTube viral-video success of a piece of an older documentary—aided by Whitney Houston's music—Christian the Lion could become Hollywood tearjerker gold, the Los Angeles Times speculates.

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