Ice Age epic "So­lutrean" filmed near Hoodoos

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The val­ley con­tin­ues to shine as a back­drop to full scale mo­tion pic­ture pro­duc­tions, and this con­tin­ues this spring with “The So­lutrean.”

Crews for the ice age epic ad­ven­ture spent the last half of last week film­ing in the val­ley. The east part of Drumheller was a hive of ac­tiv­ity with film­ing near the Hoodoos.

Drumheller not only shines for its unique land­scape.

“We very much ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to film in the land­scapes around Drumheller and would like to thank the town for its hos­pi­tal­ity,” pro­duc­ers told The Mail via email.

The film is set at the end of the last Ice Age and the ti­tle "So­lutrean" refers to the Up­per Pa­le­olithic pe­riod of early ad­vanced hu­mans in Europe, where the film is set.

Al­bert Hughes is the direc­tor of the project. He hatched the orig­i­nal con­cept and de­vel­oped the story over a num­ber of years. He brought Daniele Se­bas­tian Wieden­haupt on board to write the spec screen­play.

The film fea­tures Kodi Smit-McPhee, who played in “XMen: Apoca­lypse,” Jóhannes Haukur Jo­han­nes­son whose cred­its in­clude “Game of Thrones” and Jens Hultén.

Hughes is pro­duc­ing along with An­drew Rona. They pre­vi­ously worked to­gether dur­ing Rona’s ten­ure as Pres­i­dent of Sil­ver Pic­tures, where Hughes di­rected “Book of Eli.”

The pro­duc­tion is plan­ning to take full ad­van­tage of the IMAX-3D for­mat when the film is re­leased.

“The So­lutrean” is Stu­dio 8’s first film to go into pro­duc­tion. Stu­dio 8 is a film­maker driven com­pany fo­cused on build­ing long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with film­mak­ers.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Movie crew as­sem­bled near the Hoodoos last week to film part of “The So­lutrean”, a fea­ture film tak­ing place at the end of the last Ice Age.

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