Berlin: Prince Albert II Plots Movie About Monaco's First Bobsled Team
'Royal Ice' will be based on a story co-authored by Monaco's reigning monarch.
Prince Albert II, the reigning monarch of Monaco, is turning his attention to the big screen.
Production and sales company Aldamisa announced Saturday that it was making Royal Ice, which will recount the trials and tribulations the prince, then the heir apparent to the throne, faced in assembling Monaco's first bobsledding team, despite his father's disapproval. Aldamisa is launching the project this week to foreign buyers at Berlin's European Film Market.
"This is the first royal fairy tale which tells the true story of a sitting monarch, where the human drive for achievement becomes a battle with one's own limits, amplified by the constraints of royal duties," Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov said in a statement.
Royal Ice will be based on an story by Albert II and Mark Thomas, a member of the original bobsled team who is writing the adapted screenplay. Casting is currently underway, with an eye to start production in November.
"It's a very unique and personal story," said Albert II in a statement.
A dedicated sportsman, Prince Albert formed a Monaco national bobsled team in 1986 and competed in five straight Olympic games from Calgary 1988 through Salt Lake City 2002.
Aldamisa will handle the film internationally, as well as finance and produce. Producers are Bespalov, Thomas, Alexey Petrukhin, John Bernard and Oleg Boyko. Alexander Zanzer will serve as an executive producer and diplomatic consultant.
The producers are Jason Van Eman, president of WeatherVane Productions, and Ben McConley.