NEW ORLEANS — "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin is working on his next film – a Louisiana-made fable about a hidden ecosystem where the aging process is "out of whack" and people can age quickly or very slowly.

Zeitlin's first film, "Beasts," took awards at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals this year. Zeitlin says he would like to use the same production team and cast in the new, yet-to-be-titled project.

The news comes as Zeitlin prepares to receive the New Orleans Film Society's "Celluloid Hero" award, an honor bestowed to industry standouts who have made significant contributions to the art of making films.

Zeitlin will be recognized Thursday at the society's patron party and gala, the main fundraiser for the New Orleans Film Festival, which is Oct. 11-18.

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  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Fox Searchlight Pictures Co-Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula with actor Dwight Henry, actress Quvenzhane Wallis, Director Benh Zeitlin and Co-writer Lucy Alibar attend Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere After Party

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis and actor Dwight Henry attend Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' After Party on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere After Party

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis and actor Dwight Henry attend Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' After Party on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Producer Dan Janvey, actor Dwight Henry, Producers Michael Gottwald and Josh Penn attends Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis and actor Dwight Henry attends Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L) Young actress Quvenzhane Wallis and actor Dwight Henry pose on the red carpet for the press at Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis, actor Dwight Henry and Director Benh Zeitlin speak to the audience moments before the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Actress Quvenzhane Wallis and actor Dwight Henry attends Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: Actor Dwight Henry Fox attends Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - New Orleans Premiere

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Producer Dan Janvey, actor Dwight Henry, Producers Michael Gottwald and Josh Penn attends Fox Searchlight Pictures Presents 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' on June 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of "Beast Of Southern Wild" - Arrivals

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Actor Dwight Henry attends the Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of 'Beast of the Southern Wild' at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • US actor Dwight Henry poses during the p

    US actor Dwight Henry poses during the photocall of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' presented in the Un Certain Regard selection at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 19, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)