Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with Peter Medak Directing (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with
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H2O Motion Pictures is producing the biopic “Herzl,” based on the life of political activist Theodore Herzl — one of the key players in the creation of the state of Israel — with a fall shoot planned, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Herzl” will shoot on location in Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Paris and Jerusalem. Hungarian-born Peter Medak, whose credits include “The Ruling Class” and “Let Him Have It,” will direct from a script by Nicholas Kazan, who received an Oscar nomination for “Reversal of Fortune.”

Andras Hamori, whose credits include “Sunshine,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Cheri,” is producing.

Set at the turn of the 20th century,”Herzl” follows the story of self-made political activist Theodor Herzl and his tumultuous family life with Viennese socialite Julie Naschauer. Herzl saw the solution to the “Jewish Question” in the creation of a new country and laid the groundwork for contemporary Israel.

Development began over four years ago, inspired by Bernard Zissman’s book “Herzl’s Journey” and a screenplay by Geoff Morrow.

“The creation of the Jewish State and Theodor Herzl’s role in it is one of the most sensitive and controversial political issues in the world today,” Hamori said. “Artistic reasons aside, the reason development took this long is because we wanted to ensure our approach to the story was as well-balanced as possible.”

In order to deal with potentially incendiary nature of the subject matter, Hamori assembled an advisory board for the project that included the late publisher and philanthropist Lord George Weidenfeld; producer/distributor Sharon Harel-Cohen; and Sidney Blumenthal, journalist and former aide to President Clinton.

Blumenthal will also serve as an executive producer on the project with Diana Phillips. Tibor Krsko and Julia Rosenberg will be co-producers.

Blumenthal was a political consultant for the HBO series “Tanner 88” and the executive producer of the documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” directed by Alex Gibney, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2007. He was an associate producer of the 2002 film “Max.”

Hamori’s producing credits include “Houdini,” “Owning Mahowny,” “The Samritan,” David Cronenberg’s “Existenz” and “Max,” starring John Cusack as an art dealer and Noah Taylor as a young Adolf Hitler.


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  1. judith bell says:

    So glad Sid is there for “balance”. I guess the Ayatollah Khomeni who calls for the destruction of the “Zionist” regime was unavailable.

  2. Why is a man who constantly promotes and defends his son’s vicious lies about Israel and the Jewish people attached to this film? Max Blumenthal has called for the state of Israel to be dissolved and all of the Jewish citizens of Israel to be deported from the region. His father, Sidney Blumenthal not only defended his his son’s slander and blood libels, he tried to end the career of a man who criticized one of Max’s books with a slanderous email campaign. Sidney Blumetnhal also sent many emails to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State that advised her to take actions against Israel that would be normal for an enemy of the Jewish state.

    Blumenthal’s involvement in this film is the same as asking the Ayatollah to officiate at an Israeli Bar Mitzvah. It reeks.

  3. Since when is Sidney Blumenthal well balanced?

  4. Ronnie Jacob says:

    Any film produced by Sidney Blumenthal about Israel should be suspect. His anti-Israel demon of a son, and his anti-Israel politics are an omen of the lies and propaganda this film will surely portray.

  5. great, sidney blumenthal is on the project?? this is going to be filled with anti-jewish, anti-israel propaganda. the people on the project are self-loathing Jews who will aid in the BDS movement and are solely obsessed with dismantling the only Jewish, democratic state. shame on them.

    • Max is Sidney’s son… the two are proud to spew anti-Jewish, anti-Israel venom through lies, bias, commentary out of context. This is the reason for the left media anti-israel bias. Variety’s Jewish staff should be less than proud to publish news on this film.

  6. Kenny Fucking Powers says:

    I literally minipuked when I read the headline. If you give Hershel a biopic why don’t Hollywood shit out a bipic of the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Both men are filled with hate rhetoric that continues to kill.

    • The mufti incited the arabs in palestine to kill Jews. THAT is a fact. Why don’t you point out ONE example of “hate rhetoric” on the part of Herzl?

      • Hannah, little kenny doesn’t even know who Herzl Z”L was. He saw an article about the Jewish people, Zionism, and Israel that triggered his desperate need to attack Jews and Judaism. His incoherent drivel proves that Jew hate is real, and it is an ugly flaw in the DNA of the human species.



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