National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi have tapped Peter Weir’s latest feature production The Way Back in their first co-production deal.
The partners have joined forces with Exclusive Media Group and Spitfire Pictures to finance the film, making it the first feature to benefit from the US$100m fund announced by the companies last October.
The Way Back chronicles the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries. Principal photography recently shifted to Morocco.
“We couldn’t think of a better or more prestigious first project for this partnership,” said Imagenation CEO Ed Borgerding. “Peter Weir is one of the great directors working today.”