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Ice Age movie set to become ice stage show in London

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Story by Jack Foley

THE Ice Age movie franchise is being turned into a touring live arena show set on ice. And it will receive its premiere in London.

Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure will debut at Wembley Arena in November 2012 before embarking on a five-year global tour.

Directed by Guy Caron, who is best known for his work on Cirque du Soleil productions Ka and Dralion, the show will feature characters and a story based on the first three movies in the franchise.

It will combine ice skating, aerial performance, puppetry and film.

The show forms a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.

Commenting on what to expect, Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox consumer products, promised something “truly groundbreaking”.

He added that Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure would provide a live entertainment experience “that will amaze and delight not just fans of the Ice Age franchise, but anyone seeking a truly unique live stage show”.

In film form, the Ice Age franchise has taken more than $4 billion (£2.4bn) at the global box office.

A fourth film is due for release next summer.