First looks at ‘Luther’

Story of religious leader to be directed by Till

First Look Media has picked up all international rights excluding Germany to “Luther,” starring Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Sir Peter Ustinov and Bruno Ganz which is currently shooting in Central Germany, Bavaria, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Pic, being directed by Eric Till from a script by Camille Thomasson and Bart Garvigan is the story of Martin Luther.

Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials

Alexander Thies, Brigitte Rochow and Christian Stehr are producing the pic, a production of NFP in collaboration with Aid Association for Lutherans, Lutheran Brotherhood and Degeto Frankfurt with support from the German Federal Film Board, Bavarian Film and Television Funding, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung and Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg. A theatrical release in Germany is planned for fall 2003.

” ‘Luther’ brings an A-list cast and a provocative subject matter to the big screen,” said Robert Little, co-chairman of First Look Media. “Martin Luther’s amazing journey is a story of hope and perseverance which transcends religious beliefs and strikes at the heart of men and women searching for truth. It’s a powerful and ultimately uplifting story, which everyone can understand and appreciate.”