The $20 million pic will be helmed and directed by Nicolas Vanier, a Gallic explorer and trapper who last directed Siberia-set “Loup,” which won the 2009 Tokyo’s Earth Grand Prize.
“Gold in the Snow” takes place in 1899 in Yukon, Canada, amid the Klondike Gold Rush. The film turns on the journey of a young man who travels to Dawson City with great hopes but is enslaved.
“The film is driven by the experience of Vanier, his experience and dreams,” said Altmayer, founder of Mandarin Cinema.
Altmayer will cast a high-profile American thesp for the lead role. Pathe will handle international sales and distribute the film in France; the pic will be set as a French-Canada co-production. Altmayer said he’s in talks with Canadian partners. Pic will start lensing in October in Canada’s British Columbia.
Mandarin Cinema is also developing “De l’autre cote du peripherique” (On The Other Side of the Freeway) a buddy cop pic starring popular French comics Omar Sy, Fred Testot and Laurent Lafitte (“Little White Lies”).
Pic is directed by David Charhon (“Cyprien”) and penned by Julien Houard and Remy Four. Filming will start in October.
Mars Distribution is set to release the film in Gaul.
Meanwhile, the Paris-based shingle will kick off the shooting on Francois Ozon’s latest film, “Dans la maison,” a thriller starring Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini, in July.
“Conquest,” chronicling French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power, bows in competition Wednesday.