Magazine article Screen International

Egoli Tossell Readies Bold Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Egoli Tossell Readies Bold Slate

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EXCLUSIVE: German outfit readies Hoffman, Plummer, Chelsom films, preps US tie-up.

German production outfit Egoli Tossell Film and parent company Film House Germany, is in Cannes talking to investors about an impressive slate of projects in addition to market announcement Ivanhoe, the ambitious adventure film they are producing with Thunder Road founder Basil Iwanyk.

"We will have some exciting cast on Ivanhoe, including some big British talent," Egoli Tossell's Jens Meurer told Screen.

"The second major project we're talking to investors about is English-language epic The Symphony," continued The Last Station producer, in town with Film House's Christian Angermayer.

Michael Hoffman, whom Egoli Tossell collaborated with on The Last Station, is newly attached to direct the film and will be in Cannes to discuss the film with investors.

Based on the true story of the daring performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's 7th Symphony during the 900-day siege of the city by Nazi troops, Egoli Tossell will produce with their Russian Ark partner Andrey Deryabin.

"It's one of the biggest stories about the Second World War that has yet to be told," said the Rush co-producer.

Renowned conductor Valery Gergiev is also aboard the [euro]20m-budgeted project which is aiming for an early 2015 shoot.

The producers will also be renewing their successful collaboration with The Last Station actor Christopher Plummer as they have recently boarded Atom Egoyan's Robert Lantos-produced next film Remember as a co-producer and are in development on The Kaiser's Last Kiss, Simon Burke's adaptation of Alan Judd's novel, in which Plummer is attached to play Kaiser Wilhelm II. …

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