Thrilled by the packaging of Roland Emmerich's Centropolis Entertainment and Webedia’s Flimmer, Germany’s top production house PANTALEON Films, a subsidiary of PANTAFLIX AG, will join the production of a modern screen adaption of “The Magic Flute”. PANTALEON is known for its successful German blockbusters such as The Manny and Joys of Fatherhood and its most recent series production You Are Wanted for AMAZON Prime.
The deal was closed during Berlin Film Festival where also first offers regarding world rights have reached the producers.
While casting, development and location scouting for the music-driven full length feature already run at full speed, the beginning of the production is scheduled to midyear 2018.
The story is set in today´s Europe: When 15-year-old orphan TIM WALKER is sent from London to the Austrian Alps starting his singing scholarship at legendary Mozart boarding school, he discovers a century old forgotten passageway into the fantastic world of Mozart’s most famous opera: The Magic Flute.
Creators are German writer & director Florian Sigl and producer Christopher Zwickler. Dan Maag and Fabian Wolfart are producing for PANTAFLIX. Andrew Lowery is attached as a writer, while London based Casting Director Sophie Holland will be responsible for the casting.
Roland Emmerich, who was a shareholder at Flimmer before it was acquired by Webedia, states: “We are thrilled about the amazing response for “The Magic Flute” and welcome PANTAFLIX and its team as our new partner on board! “
“We are very pleased to produce this great film together with Roland Emmerich and Christopher Zwickler. We have a clear shared vision of how to bring Mozart on big screen together with Florian Sigl!There has never been such a movie! “says Dan Maag, CEO of PANTAFLIX AG.
Image © Sebastian Gabsch - from left to right: Florian Sigl, Christopher Zwickler, Roland Emmerich, Dan Maag, Fabian Wolfart, Frank Kusche