Magazine article Screen International

Depardieu Eyed for Children's Fantasy

Magazine article Screen International

Depardieu Eyed for Children's Fantasy

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Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.

Actor Gérard Depardieu has come into the sights of Russian producer Yuri Kuznetsov-Taizhnov of Pervaya Kinostudia (First Film Studio) for children's fantasy film Games Of Time. Exile by the newcomer Alexandr Olkov.

The project, which is budgeted at $2.6m (RUB90m) and reportedly has $1.5m (RUB50m) already in place, was presented by Kuznetsov-Taizhnov as one of 15 features looking for production support from the Ministry of Culture at its public pitching for children's feature films.

The producer explained in the pitch that the film about a little girl from another world arriving unexpectedly in our reality is intended to be shot in IMAX 3D, although he reportedly admitted that the film's budget could mean the makers would have to choose between either Depardieu or the big-screen format.

Games Of Time. Exile was one of five projects recommended by the Ministry's expert committee to be forwarded to the commercially more oriented Cinema Fund (Fond Kino) for consideration.

They included by Roman Oleynikov's Good Boy by ProFIT's Igor Tolstunov and Vladimir Grammatikov's Tsar-Dervish which already has Finland's Kirsi Tykkilainen as a co-producer, according to Proficinema.

However, only four projects at this session were recommended for production subsidy from the Ministry of Culture - ranging from Vyacheslav Zlatopolsky's adventure film My Papa to the first-time film-makers sisters Darya and Ekaterina Nosik's war drama Alyoshka which cites Andrey Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood as a reference and will be set in during the Second World War and the present dayViy sequel underway

Pre-production began this week on the sequel to this year's box-office hit Viy 3D, Viy - Journey To China, by the Russian Film Group with Chinese partners and a budget of $36m.

Oleg Stepchenko returns as director and the new film - based on three world legends - is set for release in 2016.

Viy 3D was six years in the making with a $23m budget and featured UK actor Jason Flemyng in the cast. It was based on the short story by the 19th century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and was released by Universal Pictures in Russia at the end of January.

The production by the Russian Film Group and Marins Group Entertainment has so far taken over $35m (RUB1.2bn) at the Russian box office, with an additional $5. …

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