Charles Martin Smith’s (“Air Bud”) film “The Snow Walker”, starring Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), James Cromwell (The Sum of all Fears) and Annabella Piugattuk. began shooting last weekend in Northern Canada.
Based on the book Walk Well My Brother by Farley Mowat, “The Snow Walker” is a sweeping epic adventure in the tradition of “Dances With Wolves” set in the ruggedly magnificent Arctic, an uncharted land inhabited by people with mysterious traditions and beliefs. The movie brings together the boyish good looks of bush pilot Charles Lavery (Pepper) with the exotic Inuit appearance of Kanaalaq (Piugattuk), when the unlikely combination meets on one of bush pilot Lavery’s routine northern flights. Lavery, succumbing to human compassion, attempts to rescue the dying Kanaalaq by flying her to civilization. Before the two have barely spoken a word, the plane’s fuselage explodes and the two strangers are plummeted to barren arctic tundra below.
This is the second time director Charles Martin Smith has worked on a Farley Mowat story. In 1983, Smith played the semi-autobiographical lead character ‘Tyler’ in the movie version of the author’s famous story, Never Cry Wolf.
“The Snow Walker” is scheduled for release in late 2003.