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Exclusive: Wme has signed writer-director Robert Schwentke. The German helmer, who directed Red, Flightplan, Allegiant and Insurgent, recently wrapped the German-language World War II thriller Der Hauptmann (The Captain). Schwentke, who had been at CAA, will continue to be repped by Lbi Entertainment and Jackoway… »
Philip Lee and Markus Barmettler, joint founders of Hong Kong/Beijing-based Facing East, are executive producing The Captain, Robert Schwentke’s first German language film for 14 years, which begins shooting on location in Görlitz today.
Based a true-life story set during the final days of the Second World War, The Captain is being produced by Frieder Schlaich’s Berlin-based Filmgalerie with Alfama Films’ Paulo Branco and Ewa Puszczynska of Opus Film, producer of the Oscar-winning Ida.
Alfama Films will be handling international sales and German rights have already been secured by Weltkino Filmverleih, the local distributor of the Berlinale’s opening film Django.
Up-and-coming Swiss actor Max Hubacher [pictured] has been cast in the title role of the 19-year-old private Willi Herold who dons the abandoned uniform of a highly decorated Luftwaffe captain, gathering soldiers around him to complete an imaginary assignment allegedly given by Hitler himself.
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The Sundance Film Festival is just getting started in Park City, Utah, and virtual reality company Jaunt Inc. is heating things up at the winter event by announcing a Vr series reimagining of The Lawnmower Man, the 1992 film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name.
A far cry from King’s short story upon which it is based, Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man movie heavily incorporated virtual reality in its plot. No details on the Vr series’ plot are known at this time, other than the fact that it will be a “reimagination of the film.”
We have the full press release with more details on Janut’s upcoming Vr slate below, as well as trailer for The Lawnmower Man film, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey. In case you missed it, Scream Factory recently announced an upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of The Lawnmower Man. »
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