Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown have lined up to start shooting Dean Spanley on Nov 10 in eastern England.

Kathleen Drumm at NZ Film is handling sales for the Atlantic Film Group and General Film Corporation project.

New Zealand film-maker Toa Fraser, who won the world cinema audience prize at Sundance 2006 with his debut feature No. 2, will direct.

Alan Sharp, who worked on Rob Roy, wrote the screenplay.

Matthew Metcalfe and Alan Harris are producing. Executive producers are David Parfitt and Finola Dwyer.

Backers for the UK-New Zealand co-production are Aramid Capital Partners, the NZ Film Commission, Lipsync Productions and Screen East's content investment fund.

The story, set in Edwardian England, is about an Englishman who seems to love his dog more than his adult son until they go on a strange journey.

Delivery is scheduled for mid-2008.