Arclight Films has picked up international sales on The SnowGoose, a $20m WWII dramaset to begin production this autumn in Belgium, the UK and France.

Gillies MacKinnon will direct Olivier Martinez, EmilyBlunt, Billy Connolly and Jenny Agutter in Paul Gallico's story of a growingfriendship between a social pariah and a young woman.

Ashley and Robert Sidaway from UK tax financier UKFS are producingalongside AT Productions' Arnault de Battice and GMT Productions' Jean-PierreGuerin. Claude Leger and Jonathan Vanger serve as executive producers.

James V Hart, whose screenwriting credits include Sahara, Tuck Everlasting and Contact, wrote the screenplay.

Gallico's other novels include The Pride Of The Yankees and The Poseidon Adventure (the subject of both the classic 1972disaster movie and an upcoming Warner Bros remake by director WolfgangPetersen.)

Arclight's sales slate includes: Renny Harlin's action thriller Run; Material Girls starring Hilary and Haylie Duff; theTruman Capote drama Every Word Is Tru starring Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow; and capermovie Mini's First Time,which stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson and Nikki Reed.