Magazine article Screen International

Rolli Coming Back to Big Screen

Magazine article Screen International

Rolli Coming Back to Big Screen

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EXCLUSIVE: Taavi Vartia to direct Rolli And The Golden Key.

Finland's Matila Rohr Productions of Finland is partnering with the UK's Film & Music Entertainment and Denmark's Nordisk on the new instalment of the Rolli franchise, Rolli and the Golden Key.

TrustNordisk will sell the live-action musical adventure family film.

It will shoot later this year and has been backed by the new Finnish Film Foundation 50/50 fund.

Taavi Vartia (Quest For a Heart) [pictured] will direct the story, which tackles the tricky subject of Rolli growing up.

The Rolli franchise started as a TV series in the mid 1980s and then was adapted for the big screen starting in 1991 and followed in 2001 by Olli Saarela's Rolli and the Wood Sprite.

The production will be made using some sets and some blue and green screen work, as well as some computer animated animals. Post will be done at Molinare in London; the film will be readied for Finnish release in February 2013.

"Rolli and the Golden Key offers a timeless and universal world view," Vartia said. "Its ideas and events are not bound to any nationality or era. The big, classic elements of fairytales - adventure, friendship, courage and understanding - remain the same regardless of time and place. …

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