Luxembourg-based Oniria Productions has announced that work has started on RENART, THE FOX, a new computer-animated feature film. RENART will be directed by Thierry Schiel, who has helmed Oniria's nearly completed CGI feature TRISTAN & ISOLDE. Along with Schiel, Sophia Kolokouri will produce the film. RENART, THE FOX, based on the widely-known fable LE ROMAN DE RENART, spells out the hilarious adventures of the cunning Renart, an outlaw who pursues riches to support his children. "RENART, THE FOX is a wonderful legend which lends itself ideally to a film adaptation and will make fantastic family entertainment," said Schiel. "It is one of the great medieval beast epics, part of the archetypal pool of well-known stories, which along with mythology and fairy tales form the basis of the European literary heritage. The character of Renart as the trickster hero, has fascinated me since my childhood, I believe that the story of a thief who is essentially a sympathetic character has a universal appeal. After all who wouldnt be charmed by a daring, witty rogue with a heart of gold?" The film's scheduled release is fall 2002.