Mark Damon’s sales and financing company will kick off talks with international buyers this week on Mandalay Pictures’ $35m My Wild Life starring Nicole Kidman and to be directed by Phillip Noyce.

The film will shoot in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012 in time for domestic theatrical release during the holiday season through Universal.

Kidman will play Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the real-life animal conservationist who dedicated her life to protecting animals from poachers in Tsavo, Kenya. Jeff Stockwell write the screenplay.

Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman will produce for Mandalay with Geyer Kosinski and Chris Miller in association with Envision Entertainment. Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan, Mark Damon and Tamara Stuparich De La Barra will serve as executive producers.

Renowned wildlife photographers Beverly and Dereck Joubert are overseeing second unit photography.

The project reunites Damon with Guber after they worked together on Clan Of The Cave Bear, An American Werewolf In London, Endless Love and Missing, all of which Guber produced for Polygram Pictures with Damon handling foreign sales. The pair subsequently partnered on production and sales company Vision PDG.

“Mandalay’s had this for a couple of years,” Damon said. “Peter’s been very much taken with the story of Daphne so he acquired the rights and we’re on it now too.”

Other films that Foresight is representing at the market include: the Clive Owen starrer, Blind, the white-knuckle thriller Recoil, and Universal Soldier IV: A New Dimension starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren.