CANNES — Wim Wenders and Uli Felsberg’s Berlin-based production outfit Road Movies and German post-production and digital-effects house Das Werk are set to merge, with plans afoot for a stock offering on Germany’s new market this September.
All Road Movies subsidiaries, such as Road Sales and Roadmovies.com, will be contained within the mother company Das Werk AG.
Major plans are on the horizon for the new venture, which will combine production and post-production expertise and is eyeing a range of strategic partnerships.
“The basic idea is that we will be able to offer producers much more than just creative input,” said Felsberg.
Road Movies will use coin from the stock offer to up its acquisition and co-production slate from 10 to 20-plus films a year.
Currently 10 projects are in the works, including Wenders’ “In America,” which will be shot on digital film; Pat Murphy’s “Nora,” in which Ewan McGregor plays James Joyce; and Juan Carlos Tabio’s (“Strawberry and Chocolate”) “Waiting List,” which will be released by Senator in Germany.
Also on the slate are the Pagoda co-production “Gangster No.1,” from “Acid House” director Paul McGuigan, and the next Ken Loach film, “Bread and Roses,” which will be shot in California.