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eOne Buys North American Rights to Wizart’s ‘Snow Queen 2’

The sequel to 2012’s ‘The Snow Queen,’ directed by Alexey Tsitsilin and produced by Russia’s Wizart Animation, is set for a late 2015 release in Canada and the U.S.

Cannes, France -- Wizart Animation announced that Entertainment One (eOne) has picked up the U.S. and Canada (English and French-speaking) rights for the Russian 3D animated feature The Snow Queen 2. The sequel to The Snow Queen (2012) which to date is present in more than 80 countries was directed by Alexey Tsitsilin and produced by Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev,
Diana Yurinova and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted and Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).  The Snow Queen 2 voice cast includes Sean Bean (The Lord Of The Rings, Game Of Thrones) as General Arrog, Sharlto Copley (Maleficent, District 9, Elysium) as troll Orm, Bella Thorne (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Blended) as Gerda, and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) as Alfida.

The Snow Queen 2 was among 17 animated features shortlisted for the Golden Globe consideration in 2014. To date the feature has already been released theatrically in the UK,  South Korea, Middle East, Baltic States, Russia and CIS, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Slovenia, Macedonia and Israel, grossing twice as much as the first movie of the franchise on the territories where it was released.

The Snow Queen 2 will enjoy the release in Brazil, China, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Philippines in 2015.

The US and Canada release is scheduled for Winter 2015.

“We are thrilled to be handling the release of Snow Queen 2 in North America, building on the success of the first installment.   We look forward to sharing this classic tale with family audiences this holiday season," said Jessica Labi, Vice President, Acquisitions, Entertainment One Films US. 

 “We are excited to finally announce that we are partnering with eOne for the release of Snow Queen 2 in the US and Canada. Wizart Animation is going to a whole new level proving that we are a truly international brand. The Snow Queen sequel is all set to hit cinemas in China, Brazil, and all over Europe next winter”. Katerina Pshenitsyna/ International Distribution Manager.”

The film tells the story of the troll Orm who has become a hero to all after the victory over the Snow Queen. Having played a major role in the triumph, this is not enough for him, however: by comically exaggerating his exploits and achievements, he creates a web of lies, claiming that he personally defeated the Snow Queen, and that he is destined to marry the princess and inherit great power and riches. In this lively and perilous adventure, Orm learns that friends, happiness, and true love cannot be won through deceit.

Source: Wizart Animation

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.