An Abu Dhabi-based group is to co-produce a major Hollywood movie starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
The film will be directed by Peter Weir, the Oscar-nominated behind Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and Dead Poets Society.
Imagenation Abu Dhabi will co-produce The Way Back, which chronicles the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.
Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed novel, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, as well as from other real-life accounts, the movie will also feature 21 star Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in period hit Atonement. Principal photography has already started in Bulgaria.
“We couldn’t think of a better and more prestigious first project,” said Edward Borgerding, CEO of Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Media Company.
“Peter Weir is one of the great directors working today, and we are very excited about this movie.”
Imagenation, along with National Geographic Entertainment (NGE), will join Exclusive Media Group and Spitfire Pictures in producing the film.
In October 2008, Imagenation and NGE announced a fund that committed $100m to develop, produce, finance and acquire 10 to 15 films over the following five years. ‘The Way Back’ is their first joint effort utilising this fund.
Imagenation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media Company, which launched in September lat year, to develop, finance and produce full-length feature films and digital content for Arabic and global markets.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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