Die Fantasy-Romanserie "Runelords" von David Farland soll verfilmt werden...
Prinz Gaborn Val Orden ist nach Sylvarresta gekommen, um die Königstochter Iome von Heredon um ihre Hand zu bitten. Doch vor den Toren der Stadt steht der Wolflord Raj Ahten, bereit, den friedlichen Norden mit Krieg und Feuer zu überziehen - und niemand kann sich der Macht seiner Runenmagie widersetzen. Alte Prophezeiungen scheinen sich zu erfüllen, als Meuchelmörder in den Palast eindringen und Ahtens Horden unaufhaltsam vorrücken. Und so nimmt Gaborns und Iomes Schicksal eine unerwartete Wendung...
Christian Duguay (u.a. "Screamers", "The Art of War") wird den ersten Teil der Mittelalter-Fantasy-Trilogie "The Runelords" für Story Island und Franchise Pictures inszenieren... David Farland, auf dessen gleichnamigen Romanen die Verfilmung basiert, ist auch als Produzent in das Projekt einbezogen... Der (erste) Film "The Runelords: The Sum of All Men" sollte eigentlich 2006 in die US-Kinos kommen... Ob was daraus wird, bleibt abzuwarten...
[...] Story Island Entertainment President Dave Wolverton wrote back, saying, "We've hit a bit of a bump, and not much in happening at the moment." Responding to the listing on IMDb that claims the movie is filming, he said, "The IMDb is incorrect. We were supposed to be filming, but we're not even close." He apologised for not being able to go into more detail, but it seems there's a lot of disquiet behind the scenes. "Runelords Fan", who described the book as a cross between THE MATRIX, LORD OF THE RINGS and SPIDER-MAN, suggests that fans get writing if they want to see the adaptation crawl out of development hell. [...]
[...] we will be showing EXCLUSIVE development footage of The Runelords: The Sum of All Men, directed by Christian Duguay, at booth #132 at The San Diego Comic Con. This is all new, never before seen material from the major fantasy film that is commencing pre-production September 2004 for theatrical release in 2006. [...]
"The Art of War" director Christian Duguay has signed on to direct "The Runelords" for Franchise Pictures Story Island Entertainment, Origin Entertainment and Entertainment Business Group. The $80 million project -- the first of three films based on the novels by David Farland -- is scheduled to start principal photography in July in Prague. The project is described as an epic adventure set in the medieval world of Rofehaven. Franchise topper Elie Samaha is executive producing, with the company's Joseph Merhi handling producing chores alongside David Wolverton (who wrote the novels under the pen name David Farland), W. David McBrayer, Richard Shaw and Anne Marie Gillen. Published in 1997, "Runelords" was the first novel in Farland's series. Duguay has been nominated two times for an Emmy for his work on the small screen for "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" and "Joan of Arc." His feature credits include "The Assignment" and "Screamers."
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Bei IESB gibt es die Hi-Res-Version des Prototyps eines "Runelords" Teaser-Posters...
This is a revised version of a prototype one-sheet created by the amazing creative team at mOcean (Venice, California), under the creative direction of Grant Boucher (Runelords, LP) and Michael McIntyre (mOcean). It was part of the early studio presentations for the Runelords and contains title and layout elements by mOcean’s artists as well as early pre-production elements by gifted conceptual designers Keith Parkinson (Raj Ahten) and Dean McCreary (Castle Sylvarresta). These elements do not represent the final movie production art direction (still in progress), but we thought you might enjoy an historical glimpse into the film’s development. This artwork first appeared in Variety online.
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Franchise Pictures has partnered with Story Island Entertainment, Origin Entertainment LLC (who will operate under the new trademark Canyonlight Entertainment), and Entertainment Business Group (EBG) for the production of the $80 million epic-adventure franchise "The Runelords," the first of three films based on the internationally best-selling novels by David Farland. The companies have entered into a co-production and distribution agreement with Franchise Pictures.
Stated John J. Lee, Jr., CEO for EBG: "Elie (Samaha) and the entire Franchise team bring highly beneficial creative and distribution power to these pictures."
W. David McBrayer of Canyonlight Entertainment, stated, "Canyonlight is pleased to be part of such a great team to produce an epic-adventure motion picture of this scope. ‘The Runelords’ will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide with its unique storyline and visual style."
"The Runelords" is scheduled to commence principal photography in Prague, Czech Republic in June, with negotiations presently being finalized with a top director to helm the film. In addition to producing, EBG is directing international sales, electronic games and merchandising.
Elie Samaha is executive producing and Joseph Merhi is producing for Franchise Pictures for the three films’ series. In anticipation of "The Runelords" being a breakout action-adventure franchise, they plan a major P&A launch and release campaign. [...]
"The Runelords" series author and creator David Wolverton (pka David Farland), is deeply experienced in major motion picture and electronic game franchise creation. He has written more than twenty best-selling fantasy and science fiction novels, including novels for the "Star Wars" and "The Mummy" franchises, as well as designs for some of the most successful electronic games, including "StarCraft: Brood War."
The first installment of "The Runelords" epic fantasy series weaves a mixture of magic and myth, romance, valor, wonder and bravery. Wolverton commented that the tale combines the power, action and moral depth of "The Matrix" with the audience demographics of "Spiderman."
Wolverton adds: "When I first conceived of the Runelords novel series, I saw immediately that it was a great property and a powerful motion picture, games and merchandise platform. It’s a story that takes us to another world, a place where we enjoy being. We will want to develop the story in a variety of mediums which connect to the most important facets of our lives."
EBG is presently discussing potential global licensing and merchandising deals for multi-platform electronic games and a host of toy, publishing, apparel and other licensing agreements on behalf of the franchise.
Emmy Award-winning visual effects pioneer, Grant Boucher, has been providing creative and artistic direction for the franchise with initial help from Academy Award winner John Nelson (Gladiator, I Robot). Nelson comments: "It's a very strong story where attributes can be traded, so the currency of the realm are things like strength, beauty and other human attributes which are much more valuable than money." [...]
[...] Casting on the ensemble project has begun and all the names are tipped to be announced by late March, more immediate though is that a director is almost certain to be announced later this week.
The New York Toy Fair was apparently the site of some marketing meetings with potential licensees. The runelords.com website and the runelordsthemovie.com are thought to be merging to make one interactive site apparently.
Bei IESB gibt es neben erstem Artwork auch folgende Meldung...
[...] Shooting has been scheduled to begin Summer 2004 in Prague. An undisclosed studio has picked it up, (don't ask I have been sworn to secrecy!) and casting has yet to begin. The Runelords has been given an $80 million dollar budget. Question is will are four books be represented in one film or is this the first of another fantasy trilogy? Word on the street is they are shooting for a trilogy but they have to make the first one successful before that is a go! With Grant Boucher's award winning background in special effects and the talented best selling writing of David Farland The Runelords is sure to be a story driven visual wonder. The director and studio should be announced to the public shortly. Hint hint...it is a major studio behind this project. [...]
Variety reports that Story Island Entertainment, Origin Entertainment and Entertainment Business Group have acquired the feature film and game rights to best-selling fantasy novel series The Runelords, to develop as a potential feature franchise and videogame. The film is being adapted from David Wolverton novel (under the pen name David Farland) by scripter Terry Kahn.
The first novel in "Runelords" series was published in 1997, followed by "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Wizardborn." This fall the fourth installment in the series, "Lair of Bones," will be released by Tor, a division of St Martin's Press.
The first film is being prepared for a fall 2004 theatrical release, with the first role-playing game intended to hit retail shelves in time for the 2004 holiday season.
The project has already attracted visual f/x guru John Nelson (Gladiator), who just completed sequences for Warner Bros.' Matrix sequels.
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