Jeunet the guy for Life Of Pi
It ends a long search for the film's director. M. Night Shyamalan, director of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, had originally been linked to the project.
Then Alfonso Cuaron, who directed Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, was associated with the position.
Now Jeunet, who has directed Amelie and A Very Long Engagement, will take charge of the film that tells the story of a young boy who embarks upon a journey from India to China.
The boy's ship sinks, and he is forced to share a lifeboat with the only other survivors a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra and a tiger.
Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler said: "So many filmmakers were passionate about it, but we felt a responsibility to the material and Yann Martel to wait for the right one at the right time."