EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s Wizart Animation has announced key sales at the EFM on its 3D epic The Snow Queen produced by Timur Bekmambetov and has lined up a sequel for 2014.
Rights to Wizart have gone to CCS Media for South Korea, MT Entertainment for Indonesia, PlayArte for Brazil, Film House for Israel, Shooting Stars for the Middle East, Big Sales for Baltic States and Aurora Distribution for the Ukraine.
The Snow Queen is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale and tells of a young girl who treks across a wintery landscape to rescue her brother from the queen’s wintery palace.
Maxim Sveshnikov and Vlad Barbe wrote and directed the film, which has grossed around $9m in Russia and CIS and generated more than 1.3m admissions. Bazelevs and Inlay Film produced.
“We’re thrilled to see international buyers responding so well to this iconic fairy tale, which is already so beloved by Russian movie-goers,” said Yuri Moskvin, Wizart Animation general producer.
Disney will release an own adaptation of The Snow Queen fairy tale next year called Frozen.