Family adventure 'Midnight Sun' to shoot in Canada

Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are teaming to finance “Midnight Sun,” an Arctic adventure that marks the first feature in a dozen years for “Chariots of Fire” director Hugh Hudson.

A family adventure in the vein of “Free Willy” and “Dolphin Tale,” story follows a young boy’s efforts to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother in the ice fields of northern Canada. Production is scheduled for late this year, with locations in the Canadian Arctic and Manitoba, on a budget in the low-to-mid $20 million range.

Hudson, whose last feature was “I Dreamed of Africa” in 2000, will direct from a script he co-wrote with Bart Gavigan. “Midnight Sun” would be just his sixth since “Chariots of Fire,” which earned him a best director Oscar nomination in 1981 and won best picture.

Jake Eberts (“Dances With Wolves,” “Gandhi”) and Brando Quilici (“Iceman Autopsy”) will produce “Midnight Sun” with Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Amritraj (“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D“).

Hyde Park International will shop the project at the Cannes Film Fest and rep worldwide rights.

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