Cannes: Garry Marshall to Direct 'Royal Ice' About Monaco Bobsledding Team (Exclusive)

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Garry Marshall

The account of Prince Albert’s quest to form Monaco’s first Olympic competitive bobsledding team is being produced with his cooperation.

Garry Marshall has come on board to direct Royal Ice, an account of Prince Albert’s quest to form Monaco’s first Olympic competitive bobsledding team. Aldamisa Entertainment is producing the film with the cooperation of the prince, Monaco’s reigning monarch.

The veteran director, repped by ICM Partners, RP Media and Gendler & Kelly, whose credits range from Pretty Woman to The Princess Diaries, will do a rewrite of the original script by Marc C. Thomas and the prince himself. With production aiming for a November start, the project, which is being shopped in the market, is expected to become the first motion picture to film in the Palace of Monaco, the Grimaldi family’s official residence.

“This story is an entertaining adventure about teamwork, big dreams and courage, featuring thrilling footage of the sport of bobsledding, as well as a great love story with some close-up looks at the world of Monaco's royal family. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Prince of Monaco and Garry Marshall on the same project,” Sergei Bespalov, Aldamisa co-chairman, said. “We at Aldamisa are thrilled to work with our financing partners WeatherVane Productions and Vandermolen Film Co. to bring this film to the big screen.”

Bespalov and Alexey Petrukhin are producing. Executive producers include Marina Bespalov, who also serves as a co-chairman of Aldamisa, Charlie Dombek, Oleg Boyko, John Bernard, Mark Thomas, Jason Van Eman, Ross Marosso, Ben McConley, Lee Vandermolen and Alastair Burlingham.

The profile of the LA-based Aldamisa, which the Bespalovs formed in 2011, got a boost last year with the indie success of Jon Favreau’s Chef, which grossed more than $50 million worldwide. “In the past two years, we’ve learned a valuable lesson,” Bespalov told THR. “Instead of sitting and waiting for agents to send us what everybody’s passed on, we’ve started buying scripts. We’re looking for inventive stories, true stories. We’re now both financiers and creative producers.”

With a staff of 12 — which includes CEO Tim Swain, head of sales Eric Min and head of production Jim BrubakerAldamisa is focusing on movies in the $10-30 million range and reports it now has 17 projects in development. Ben Poole’s Blacklisted-script Americatown, which imagines an America town taken over by the Chinese, is at the top of its list, and Aldamisa also is in discussions with both Imax and Relativity about future projects.

Aldamisa also is co-producing Viy 2: Journey to China, the sequel to Viy, which was the top-grossing local film in Russia in 2014. Petrukhin is producing with investments from The China Film Group and Jackie Chan JCE.