Russian Animation Franchise 'Snow Queen' to Be Adapted as TV Series

Snow Queen - H 2015
Courtesy of Wizart Animation

The first 26 episodes are expected to air in 2018.

The animation franchise The Snow Queen, one of the most internationally successful film projects coming from Russia, will be adapted as a television series, producer Yuri Moskvin announced at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum on Friday.

"We plan to launch the television series in collaboration with [Russia's cartoon studio] Soyuzmulfilm," he said. "This will be our first experience of co-production with such a large studio in Russia."

According to Moskvin, the first 26 episode of The Snow Queen television series, produced by Wizart Animation, just like all other parts of the franchise, will air in Russia in late 2018. No network is attached. 

Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen and directed by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov, the first film in The Snow Queen franchise came out in Russia in late 2012 and was subsequently released theatrically in more than 80 countries, including the United States, Great Britain and China. 

It grossed about $25 million worldwide. The first movie was followed by The Snow Queen 2: The Snow King in 2015 and The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice in 2016.

The Snow Queen 3 was recently sold to China and is to have a release next spring with the support of a major local marketing partner.