NEW BRITISH FEATURE FILM
THE GIANT UNDER THE SNOW
FILM PRESS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 2015
Acclaimed film director Michael Caton-Jones confirmed for The Giant Under The Snow.
The latest talent to join the £20M independent British film The Giant Under The Snow is director Michael Caton-Jones.
Caton-Jones is an acclaimed film director originally from West Lothian, Scotland. He attended the National Film School in London, launching his career with two well-regarded features: Scandal (1989) and Memphis Belle (1990). He then set his sights on America where his credits include: Doc Hollywood (1991), This Boy’s Life (giving Leonardo DiCaprio his first break in 1993), Rob Roy (in which he directed Oscar nominated Tim Roth in 1995), The Jackal (1997), City by the Sea (2002), Beyond the Gates (2005) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006). TV credits include Spooks (2010) and World Without End (2012).
Caton-Jones returned to the UK to direct his latest film, Urban Hymn, which is set against the backdrop of the 2011 summer riots and due for release this year.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in the film world including ; Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, John Hurt, Michael J Fox, Bruce Willis, Hugh Dancy, and David Morrisey to name but a few. Caton-Jones regards himself as an ‘actors’ director’ and was once described by Ridley Scott as having an ‘authoritative and experienced directorial voice’.
Caton-Jones is now actively involved in developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (Chalet Girl, Kajaki) with shooting expected to start later this year in October 2015.
Notes to Editor:
About the film:
This epic fantasy film The Giant Under The Snow is based on the classic 1968 children’s novel of the same name written by John Gordon. Penned way before Harry went to Hogwarts, this story is a timeless masterpiece. The Giant Under The Snow will be a live-action film with state-of the art CGI, currently scheduled to start shooting in late 2015.
With jaw-dropping visuals and exciting ordeals that the three youngsters have to face, this film is set to keep an audience on the edge of their seats. Violent Viking Warlords, ancient wizards, beautiful witches, strange spells, and an army of evil, undead Leathermen – are set to thrill young and old alike.
About the story:
One snowy Christmas, three children accidently find a rusted old relic that contains enormous and terrifying power, plunging them into a dark world of ancient magic and inexorable evil. In a desperate race against time, our children must summon all the courage they can and return the ancient relic back to its rightful owner. For whoever possesses the mystic relic can awaken the legendary Giant under the snow and use him as a force for good… or unspeakable evil.
BBFC Film Rating: 12
Release date (estimated): Christmas 2016
Shooting at: Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, UK
Exterior locations around the UK
Internet links: Main website: www.thegiantunderthesnow.com
You Tube: http://youtu.be/IeNZpHx5CzU
About the Team:
Producer David Rogers has assembled an experienced and stellar team with the skills and expertise to turn this children’s fantasy adventure into a beautifully crafted, classic British film:
Michael Caton-Jones, Director: The acclaimed film director launched his career with two well-regarded features: Scandal (1989) and Memphis Belle (1990). He then set his sights on America where his credits include: Doc Hollywood (1991), This Boy’s Life (giving Leonardo DiCaprio his first break in 1993), Rob Roy – in which he directed Oscar nominated Tim Roth (1995), The Jackal (1997), City by the Sea (2002), Beyond the Gates (2005) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006). TV credits include Spooks (2010), World Without End (2012) and Urban Hymn (2015).
Paul Tucker, Executive Producer: Legendary Hollywood filmmaker Paul Tucker has agreed to join the creative team. Paul worked for ICON Productions as Mel Gibson’s Producer/Head of European Production for 10 years, and Co-Produced for Disney on 102 Dalmatians, Veronica Guerin and King Arthur. Some of his earlier credits as Production Controller/Financial Controller, and Production Accountant included Braveheart, 101 Dalmatians, four James Bond films, Alien, Aliens, Superman I, Superman IV, Hoffa, Hamlet, and Star Wars. Paul has worked in the film industry for over 30 years and is based at Shepperton Film Studios. He is also a full voting member of BAFTA.
Tom Williams, Screenwriter: Chalet Girl 2011, Kajaki 2014. The surprisingly enjoyable snowboarding rom-com Chalet Girl stands in stark contrast to Tom’s latest film Kajaki – which is an excruciatingly tense true story based on British soldiers trapped in a mine-laden riverbed in Afghanistan. Kajaki has received glowing reviews since its release and was nominated for Outstanding Debut of British Producer, Writer or Director at the 2015 BAFTAs.
Allan Cameron, Production Designer: BAFTA winner; The Mummy, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Starship Troopers, Van Helsing.
Jim Cornish, Art Director & Storyboard Artist: Gravity, Skyfall. Excellence in Production Design Award for The Dark Knight.
Karen Maxwell, Casting Director: Marvels Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America (2010), and most recently Starz, BBC Worldwide and Da Vinci’s Demons (2013).
CineSite: The London based Visual Effects Company undertook all the VFX work on the Harry Potter films, and have recently finished Hercules, and The Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise.
Ralph Kamp, Global Sales & Distribution Agent: (unconfirmed). Ralph was the CEO of Mel Gibson’s ICON Productions before starting his film distribution company Timeless Films.
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