Reeve's animated film will go on without him. He'd been directing ''Yankee Irving,'' a computer-animated father-son baseball tale

By Gary Susman
Updated October 12, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

For the last year of his life, Christopher Reeve had been working as a director on a computer-animated feature about a father and his baseball-playing son. Despite his death on Sunday, the movie’s production company, IDC Entertainment, issued a statement Monday vowing to complete the film under a new director yet to be named. ”IDT Entertainment joins the world in mourning the loss of Christopher Reeve, a great American hero,” the company said in a statement. ”We were privileged to be working with Chris on what has now become his final theatrical feature project. Yankee Irving — the working title of the film — was very close to his heart, following the story of a boy who overcomes personal obstacles to realize his large dreams.”

Reeve had called the film ”captivating, with the perfect blend of warmth and wit,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’d done all his work on the movie from his home office, which was lined with animation storyboards, overseeing production via weekly videoconferences and sending character sketches and notes back and forth with the animators through the Internet. IDT said that the movie would still be finished in time for a 2006 release.