Magazine article Screen International

Disney Russia Plots Fairy Tale Feature 'Last Hero'

Magazine article Screen International

Disney Russia Plots Fairy Tale Feature 'Last Hero'

Article excerpt

The Walt Disney Company has decided to resume ??filmmaking in Russia through the announced release of a new fairy tale feature known as Last Hero.

According to Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan, CEO of Disney Russia, the film will be jointly produced by Disney and the Russian film studio Yellow, Black & White, one of Russia's leading studios, specialising in the production of comedies.

Financial details of the project are not disclosed, except that funding of the project will be shared between both companies.

According to Zhigalova-Ozkan, Last Hero will be a large-scale, special effects-driven film.

Zhigalova-Ozkan commented: "The importance of this film for the company in consistent with our plans to continue the tradition of filming Russian fairy tales. We are planning to use the most advanced technologies and the best filmmakers and actors of different generations, which should help to adapt Russian fairy tales to a modern cinematic language."

"The experience of the The Book Of Masters, which was released as far back as in 2009 is a good example for us, as the film is still exhibited on TV, on different channels and it is still in high demand among Russian audiences. This project was very successful, despite the fact that prior to its launch there were many disputes about the prospects of the use of new technologies during cinematization of specific Russian fairy tales."

IMAX discussions

Production is understood to be underway on the film with shoot taking place in Moscow and other regions. The premiere is scheduled for October 19, 2017 and discussions have begun with IMAX with a view to launching the film in the large-scale format. …

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