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TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS & VIP MEDIA FUNDS ANNOUNCE COMMENCEMENT OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON FANTASY/ADVENTURE
Kingdom in Twilight
Munich, Germany (2003/11/17) - TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS and VIP Media Funds are pleased to announce that the epic Fantasy/Adventure motion picture, Kingdom in Twilight, commenced principal photography on the 17 th November in Cape Town , South Africa .
Kingdom in Twilight is directed by acclaimed and award-winning Uli Edel (The Mists of Avalon, Last Exit to Brooklyn). Benno Fürmann (The Order, Anatomy) plays the leading role of “Siegfried”, the dragon-slayer. Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) and Alicia Witt (Vanilla Sky , Two Weeks Notice), respectively co-star as "Brunhild, daughter of the god Odin, and “Kriemhild”, the beautiful princess of Burgund. Topping off the cast line-up are Julian Sands (Leaving Las Vegas , A Room with a View) , Samuel West (Van Helsing, Notting Hill) and veteran actor, Max von Sydow (Minority Report , Snow Falling on Cedars).
Kingdom in Twilight is produced by Emmy Award-winner, Konstantin Thoeren (Peter the Great , Catherine the Great). VFX-Oscar®-winner Volker Engel (Independence Day, Godzilla) and Marc Weigert (Independence Day , Muppets from Space) are acting as Producers on the project.
Set in the Dark Ages, against the backdrop of a century-old curse, the universal and timeless story is about a simple swordsmith's son, who heroically saves his country time and again, without the knowledge that he is also heir to a throne. The curse will overshadow the brave, young man's undying love to a beautiful woman.
Kingdom in Twilight is scripted by Diane Duane, Peter Morwood and Uli Edel. Based on one of Europe 's favourite classic tales, Kingdom in Twilight will draw from the unanimous appeal of the original saga of Siegfried the dragon-slayer, which inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Richard Wagner based his opera cycle on.
Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin are executive producing for Munich-based TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS, which will handle international distribution for Kingdom in Twilight . TANDEM has established itself in the international arena as both a production company and a worldwide distribution outfit. Having experienced rapid growth since its launch in 1999, the company can already look back on a solid track record of high-profile co-productions such as the long-running series Relic Hunter, mini-series Frank Herbert's Dune, action / fantasy film Sumuru and high-concept disaster movie P.I. - Post Impact. In the past two years, TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS has handled international television distribution on Lions Gate productions and its library. Currently, the company is distributing Sat. 1's fall event mini-series A Light in Dark Places (German title: Das Wunder von Lengede) and Discovery Channel's new feature-length CGI-documentary Dragons - A Fantasy Made Real, a project for which TANDEM is also co-producing.
Andreas Schmid and Andreas Grosch are the executive producers for VIP Media Funds. VIP has been offering media funds since 2001 and has gained substantial film expertise through cooperation with various international partners during this time. VIP's established, international network of contacts to theatrical distributors and producers enabled projects like The Punisher with John Travolta and Monster with Charlize Theron to be greenlit and financed.
Creative implementation of the over 600 visual effects will be supervised by the Munich-based company Uncharted Territory GmbH (a subsidiary of Uncharted Territory Llc). Line Production is handled by South African-based DO Productions.
The 20 Million Euro production is produced by TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS and VIP in association with Uncharted Territory, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Sat. 1, Channel 4 and the Bavarian FFF.