The largest budget the BBC has ever spent on a film-$US12 million-is being devoted to kid and family live-actioner The Snow Queen, which starts production in Montreal in November. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale, the feature is a co-production of BBC Worldwide, BBC Films and Canada-based Eclectic Media.
The BBC’s large production expenditure reflects its growing mandate to enter into the mainstream international family feature market. Financing for the year 2000 release was provided by BBC Films and co-executive producer Mita Vohra. The film will be distributed in North America by London-based The Film Company.
The storyline centers around two childhood friends who are separated when one is taken hostage by the mysterious Snow Queen.