Following the success of its recent productions “Dresden” and “The Tunnel,” Jan Mojto’s EOS entertainment shingle is moving full-steam ahead with a slew of historical projects.
At a Cannes press conference Sunday night, Mojto talked up several upcoming productions, ranging from the small and personal to stories of some of the biggest tragedies of the 20th century.
Together with partner teamWorx, EOS is in pre-production on a miniseries and the feature film “Hindenburg,” an f/x-driven epic about the legendary airship to be directed by Roland Suso Richter.
“There are so many great stories that haven’t been told,” Suso Richter said about his ongoing collaboration with EOS, where he directed both “The Tunnel” and “Dresden.”
The British warship the Laconia is also getting the small-screen treatment with a two-part mini about the rescue of 1,500 of its passengers en route to Africa.
Meanwhile, one of EOS’ most ambitious projects to date, “War and Peace,” has just gone into production, with Oscar-nominated director Robert Dornhelm directing. Adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic is budgeted at E26 million ($33 million).
Writer-producer Gabriela Sperl was on hand to talk up her production “March of Millions,” which focuses on a young mother fleeing her home in WWII. Sperl produced the two-part mini with teamWorx’s Nico Hofmann and Joachim Kosack. She also wrote the script.
Looking further afield, EOS is in talks with a major U.S. cable player to co-produce a miniseries based on the true story of John Rabe, the so-called Oskar Schindler of China. A faithful Nazi, Rabe was the head of Siemens China during the Nanking massacre in 1937, which prompted him and others to create a neutral zone during the conflict, which saved thousands of lives.
A native of the Czech Republic who left his country in 1960s over developments in Czech politics, Mojto added, “We have to choose subjects we know how to tell. That’s partly why I was interested in making ‘The Tunnel’ and these other films.”