Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi will finance and co-produce the Arctic adventure Midnight Sun. Directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), the film is from a script by Hugh Hudson and Bart Gavigan. Jake Eberts (Dances with Wolves, Gandhi) and Brando Quilici (Iceman Autopsy) will produce alongside Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj (Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance).
Hyde Park International will introduce the project at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, and will represent worldwide rights. The project has already generated significant interest among buyers, including Medusa, which has purchased Italian rights, and Alliance Atlantis, which has purchased Canadian rights.
Midnight Sun is a four-quadrant family adventure film in the vein of Free Willy and Dolphin Tale, set amongst the ice fields of Northern Canada. The hero is a young boy, Luke, who defies the dangerous elements of nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother. Luke is aided by Muktuk, a half Inuit and half Canadian, who knows the terrain where polar bears live like the back of his hand. But they are soon separated on the floating ice of the high Arctic, and Luke and the cub are left to protect themselves from bear attacks, giant icebergs, and vicious windstorms.
BAFTA and Emmy award-winning cinematographer Doug Allan will lens the wildlife and natural elements of the picture, with production design by Andrew Sanders (Chariots of Fire, The Last Temptation of Christ).
The scheduled start date is November 2012, with locations in the Canadian Arctic and Manitoba.