EXCLUSIVE: As Baz Luhrmann readies to direct the untitled Elvis Presley undertaking for Warner Bros, he has secured the lengthy wanted rights to the cult Russian novel The Master and Margarita. Luhrmann has completed this in partnership with the rights holders, Svetlana Migunova-Dali (producer of the Russian Academy Award-winning biopic Legend No. 17 and Grace Loh (beforehand John Cusack’s producing associate). They’ll produce alongside Luhrmann with Natalia Rogal additionally producing., The exec producers are Michael Lang, Nevin Shalit, Andrew Fourman and Ellen Goldsmith Vein and Lindsay Williams of the Gotham Group.
This can be a ardour undertaking for Luhrmann, who will eye it as a doable directorial car.
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Thought-about one of many masterpieces of the 20th century, the Mikhail Bulgakov novel The Master and Margarita is a fantastical and devastating satire of Soviet society, an audacious revision of the tales of Faust and Christ’s Crucifixion, and a love story that spans throughout house and time. Written within the darkest interval of Stalin’s regime and banned throughout Bulgakov’s lifetime, a censored version was lastly revealed within the 1960 and immediately grew to become a worldwide literary phenomenon. It has impressed different iconic works, together with the Rolling Stones tune Sympathy for the Satan and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Translated into greater than 40 languages, the novel has offered over 100 million copies worldwide and is persistently included on lists of the best works of world literature.
“Stretching again virtually 20 years, I’ve had an unimaginable reference to the story of The Master and Margarita and have lengthy sought the rights to this extraordinary e-book,” says Luhrmann. “I’m thrilled to lastly have the chance to do an interpretation of this groundbreaking work.”
“It’s an absolute dream come true to be collaborating with Baz on The Master and Margarita,” says Migunova-Dali and Loh. “The phrases of Bulgakov stay as poignant on this planet in the present day as almost a century in the past, and we are able to’t think about a extra good and visionary filmmaker to carry this highly effective story to audiences around the globe.”
Luhrmann will develop the undertaking via his firm, Baz & Co., a joint-venture with Len Blavatnik. Luhrmann and his a number of Oscar-winning manufacturing designer spouse Catherine Martin have beforehand partnered with Blavatnik on the creation of the Faena Resort Miami Seashore.
The Broadway musical Moulin Rouge, primarily based on Luhrmann’s groundbreaking, award successful movie is the largest Broadway hit in years, grossing greater than $2 million per week because it continues to play to offered out audiences. Lurhmann produced its accompanying album, via his RCA-based label, Home of Iona, which debuted #1 on the Billboard chart and just lately secured a Grammy nomination for Luhrmann and his fellow album producers (Justin Levine, Matt Stine and Alex Timbers). Subsequent 12 months further exhibits might be added in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, London and Melbourne, Australia.
Luhrmann will begin manufacturing February in Australia on his untitled Elvis Presley movie, which stars As soon as Upon A Time…In Hollywood‘s Austin Butler and A Stunning Day in The Neighborhood‘s Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker.
Luhrmann and Martin are represented by WME; Migunova-Dali and Loh are represented by lawyer Linda Lichter of Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.