Emmerich's MOONFALL and four other high-profile titles
fill the slate of the newly founded company
The new company founded by KKR and Fred Kogel, which will emerge from Tele München Group (TMG), Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film, has secured some of the most exciting titles of this year's film market in Cannes and fills its theatrical slate with top films from various genres.
With the acquisition of MOONFALL, by far the most coveted project in the film market on the Côte d'Azur, the newly founded company dominated the headlines of the trade press a few days ago. The new big-budget/action/disaster film comes from star director Roland Emmerich, who describes the film as a mix of "Independence Day" and "2012". The script was written by Emmerich and his long-time collaborators Spenser Cohen ("Extinction") and Harald Kloser ("2012", "10,000 BC"). In this action spectacle, the moon has moved out of its orbit and threatens to fall to earth.
Next up is THE MINUTEMAN by director Robert Lorenz ("Trouble with the Curve"). As a producer he has already been nominated for three Oscars® ("Letters from Iwo Jima", "American Sniper", "Million Dollar Baby"). Liam Neeson ("The Commuter", "Taken" franchise) is back in a genre he dominates like few others: In this adrenaline-charged action thriller, he plays a Vietnam veteran who takes a child to safety from the killers of a drug cartel. The script was written by Chris Charles ("The Small Assassin", "Terrordactyl") and Danny Kravitz ("Power of Attorney", "The Strip").
The feel-good comedy LET THERE BE ROCK is about a young man who returns to the small town of his childhood to attend his father's funeral. Together with his old friends he commits a burglary. Instead of the usual punishment, the judge sends the group into the local men's choir for half a year. Here Welsh tradition and, as the title suggests, hard rock collide. The production is in the hands of the British director Philip John ("Iron Fist", "Outlander", "Moon Dogs", "Downton Abbey"), who himself played bass in a band before his film career.
In UNHINGED by Primetime Emmy Award winner and producer Lisa Ellzey ("Warrior", "A Good Year", "Kingdom of Heaven"), Oscar® winner Russell Crowe ("The Mummy", "The Nice Guys", "Noah") lets his anger run wild. The director is Derrick Borte ("American Dreamer", "London Town", "The Joneses"). Carl Ellsworth ("Red Dawn", "Disturbia ") wrote the script for the merciless thriller in which a young woman messes up in the morning traffic chaos with a driver whose nerves are even sharper than her own. Road rage at its best.
The black comedy ROTHCHILD by director Jon S. Baird ("Stan & Ollie", "Filth", "Vinyl") presents us exceptional talent Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers" franchise, "American Honey", "Nymphomaniac") as an illegitimate descendant of a wealthy New York dynasty. His desire to get a share of his assets fails because of his grandfather played by Oscar® winner Mel Gibson ("The Expendables 3", "What Women Want"). A murderous conspiracy is supposed to remedy the situation. The story was written by John Patton Ford ("Patrol").
All titles will have their nationwide release via the theatrical unit of the newly founded media company and will then be available for all further stages of exploitation.
Fred Kogel, CEO: "The Cannes Film Festival was the prelude to our purchasing activities with a joint team as a newly founded company just a few days after the takeover of Tele München and Universum Film. For this reason, too, this was a particularly exciting market for us. After MIDWAY, his new feature film, which we will bring to German cinemas later this year, we look forward to partnering with Roland Emmerich once again. With the acquisition of MOONFALL, the best and most commercial film of the festival, we set a clear sign for our positioning. Our aim is to build a varied cinema slate of international blockbusters, promising independent films and outstanding German cinema productions that convince us with great screenplays, exciting producers, interesting filmmakers and award-winning actors".