Modern rewriting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Acquired
Florian Siglescreen adaptation of The magic flute (Die Zauberflote in the German original) was acquired by Shout! Film Flute Studios. This means that Shout now owns theatrical rights as well as home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases.
Executive product by Roland Emmerich, The magic flute is a contemporary reimagining of Wolfgang AmadeusMozartclassical opera in two acts. This modern version is set in 21st century Europe and follows the story of 17-year-old Tim Walker, played by Jack Wolf (the witcher), who was sent from London to the Austrian Alps to begin his vocal training at the legendary Mozart boarding school. There, he will come across a century-old passage that will lead him into the magical world of Mozart. The magic flute.
The other cast members who will star alongside Wolfe are Oscar winners F. Murray Abrahamwho curiously enough played Mozart’s rival Antonio Salieri in Amedee, Iwan Rheonbest known for his controversial role as Ramsay Snow in game of thrones, Stefi Celma (Call my agent), Asha Banks of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stefan Konarske (Valerian) Niamh McCormack (the witcher), Amir Wilson (The secret garden), and Tedros Teclebrhan (bad banks). Moreover, some famous opera stars also participate in the film like soprano Sabiene Devieilhetenor Rolando Villazonand bass Morris Robinson. Sophie Holland Casting was in charge of the casting.
The agreement was negotiated between Diane Ferrandez from AGC Studios for Flute Films and filmmakers and Shout’s Fields of Jordan and Steven Katz. The film generated a lot of buzz at Cannes which sparked the interest of many potential buyers. International sales are handled by Sola Media, which sold several territories during the recent Cannes Film Market.
The production of The Magic Flute is supported by Austrian and German national and regional funders, including FFF Bayern, Bayerischer Bankenfonds, Hessenfilm, MFG Filmförderung, Filmförderung des Landes Salzburg, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and Filmstandort Austria (FISA) . The producers of the film are Christopher Zwickler flute film and Fabien Wolfart. The co-producers include Timm Oberwelland, Theodore Gringel, Pierre Eiffel and Tobias Alexandre Seiffert, and Stefan Konarske from the cast. The film is currently being shot in Bavaria and Salzburg.
Executive Producer Emmerich said: “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute has always been my favorite opera ever since I experienced this magical story as a young adult. I was immediately drawn to the concept of cinematically re-imagining this story when the film crew approached me with their idea, which I was thrilled to champion. The entire team brought their fantastic vision to the screen in an exciting and innovative way. I can’t wait to scream! The studios are bringing this epic journey to audiences to once again be enchanted by the universally acclaimed and world-famous music.
The magic flute should be released at the end of 2022.