Disney to Begin Production of Two Russian-Language Movies This Summer

Disney's first Russian-language film "The Book of Masters" grossed $10.8 million in Russian theaters.

MOSCOW -- Disney is to begin the production of two new Russian-language movies for the local market this summer.

"This summer, we are planning to shoot two features, a fairy tale and a youth story," Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan, head of Disney's Russian office, told the wire service RIA Novosti. She wouldn't disclose any further details of the projects, adding only that veteran director Vladimir Grammatikov recently joined the company as creative producer.

Disney's first film in Russian for the local market, Kniga Masterov (The Book of Masters), produced in cooperation with Nikita Mikhalkov's company Trite, was released in 2009. The family fantasy movie with a budget of $8 million grossed $10.8 million in Russian theaters.

Meanwhile, according to Zhigalova-Ozkan, Disney produces local content for the Russian version of Disney Channel, which was launched just under a year ago.