Reeve Film Will Be Ready in 2006

A company making a film directed by Christopher Reeve (search) is vowing the animated feature about the New York Yankees will hit theaters in 2006.

The movie, tentatively titled "Yankee Irving," can move forward without Reeve because he had put in enough work over the last 18 months, IDT officials told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Tuesday's newspapers.

"The bulk of what he was doing as a director is fairly complete," Stephen Brown, chief financial officer of IDT.

Reeve died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He was 52.

The film he was working on at the time of his death is about a poor boy in the Depression who befriends Babe Ruth (search) and scores a game-winning hit for the Yankees.

Reeve spent many hours working on the project, said Rob Kurtz (search), who wrote the script for the animated feature. IDT set up two large computer screens in Reeve's home so he could monitor work that was being done in the company's studios in Newark, as well as in Canada and Israel.

IDT officials said they plan to keep Reeve's family involved in the project as the remaining animation and post-production work is completed.

"People feel more dedicated now than ever to make it right," Kurtz said.

Kurtz, who has written for television programs including "The Cosby Show," described the collaboration as "the single greatest working experience of my life."

"I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm going to miss him," Kurtz said.

Another film Reeve directed is to air on the A&E Network later this month. "The Brooke Ellison Story" details the true story of a paralyzed young woman who graduated from Harvard University.