By Dana Harris | Indiewire February 11, 2011 at 12:47AM
Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Ron Bass are teaming on an Albert Einstein biopic. Producing the film is Hollywood Studios International, which executive produced the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right."
Tentatively titled “Einstein”, the story focuses on the scientist's struggles to balance his personal and professional lives. The production team wants shoot the film in Europe and is now introducing the project to distributors in Berlin.
The full release is on the jump.
It was announced today that Wayne Wang (“Maid in Manhattan,” “The Joy Luck Club”) will direct a new Albert Einstein bio-pic from a script written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter Ron Bass (“Rain Man,” “Entrapment,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding”). Paul Schiff is producing the film for Hollywood Studios International (HSI), with HSI Chairman & CEO Steven Saxton executive producing along with HSI Films President Eric Christenson. The project came through Golan Ramras who will produce the film, through his Go Long Productions banner, with Schiff. Hero Pictures’ Koldo Eguren will executive produce as well.
Producers are considering shooting the film in Germany and various locations throughout Europe. The search for the lead actor to play Albert Einstein will commence in the coming weeks.
The film, tentatively titled “Einstein”, chronicles the true inspirational story of the trials, tragedies and vindication of the single-most celebrated scientist of the 20th century. Torn between the burdens of a family and his restless pursuit of unlocking the mysteries of the universe, he not only achieved unparalleled stature as a genius but he also changed the world forever - at no small cost to himself and those around him.
HSI Films will handle worldwide sales on “Einstein” and immediately introduce the project to distributors in Berlin.
Said Eric Christenson, “Coming aboard a project that teams Wayne Wang and Ron Bass is tremendously exciting, and we have something special on our hands with ‘Einstein.’ People know the name and the theories, yet most people don't know the fascinating details of his life's story.”
Koldo Eguren added, “People don't know about his struggles with poverty, his dyslexia, his love for music, his relationships with the women in his life, his persecution by the Nazis and his battle to deal with living in the public eye and being under constant scrutiny. Ron's screenplay peels back the layers and allows us to see past Einstein the scientist and Einstein the celebrity, showing us Einstein the man.”
Producer Golan Ramras commented: “We're thrilled that Wayne Wang is on board to direct a film about one of the most brilliant minds of the past generation - Mr. Albert Einstein. We have an amazing team assembled to bring Ron’s screenplay to life. We’re eager to cast and head into production.”
Paul Schiff recently joined forces with HSI Films, the new financing, development, production and distribution banner under parent company Hollywood Studios International (HSI) in a comprehensive deal that includes bringing in material and projects through his Paul Schiff Productions, coming aboard HSI projects already in the pipeline and guiding film related activity at the company. His first project at HSI is the heist thriller “Masterwork.”
“Einstein” marks Schiff’s second collaboration with Wayne Wang, having previously produced Wang's “Maid in Manhattan” for Sony and Revolution Studios.
Less than a year old, Hollywood Studios International has already made a sizeable footprint in the independent landscape having executive produced, as its debut film project, the breakout hit “The Kids Are All Right,” one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year and winner of the 2011 Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy as well as Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening). Recently nominated for four Oscars®, including Best Picture, the film was produced in association with Artist International (an HSI company) and executive produced by Steven Saxton.
About Hollywood Studios International:
Hollywood Studios International (OTCBB: HYWS) is a media holding company focused on the intelligent deployment of capital in the entertainment industry. The company has developed a portfolio of fee-based businesses ranging from talent representation to international distribution. Following the current round of funding, the Company intends to file with the SEC to be a fully reporting publicly traded company.
About HSI Films:
HSI Films is a worldwide theatrical motion picture financing, production and distribution company that handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired films. HSI Films also represents International sales for both its own slate and third party product.
Recent acquisitions by HSI Films include the record setting thriller “The Zero Hour” (Spanish title: “La Hora Cero”) – the highest grossing Venezuelan film in history, as well as the comedy “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.”
About Hero Pictures:
Koldo Eguren founded Hero Pictures as his own personal venture into the motion picture business. An architect by training, Eguren began his career when he won a prestigious competition immediately after graduation to design a multi-million government building in Spain's Basque Country.
Following that, Eguren's personal relationships with private real estate investors flourished and enabled him to form Bidegi Construction. Eguren recently established his New Keys Education Foundation, an institution supporting families with dyslexic children, and Tapetei Integral, a firm specializing in the educational and social development of infants. He believes in using these organizations to bring out the hidden potential of children throughout the world. Einstein's dyslexia is one of the elements that drew Eguren to this story, and encouraged him to pursue it as a film."
About Go Long Productions:
Go Long Productions is an independent production company run by Producer Golan Ramras.
Prior to forming Go Long Productions, Ramras worked as a development executive for Marvel Studios, Japanese-based Kadokawa Pictures USA and Doug Liman's Hypnotic Entertainment.
Before beginning his career at Creative Artists Agency, Ramras was heavily involved in the film festival circuit, acting as a manager at the Telluride Film Festival and co-founding the Phoenix Film Festival, which Moviemaker Magazine named one of the top ten festivals in the country.
Ramras is also the co-founder of IFP Phoenix, one of only five divisions of Gotham-based Independent Feature Project, sister organization to Film Independent, host of the the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Go Long Productions is currently wrapping up post-production on the documentary TROMATIZED: MEET LLOYD KAUFMAN, developing THE CONFINED with Producer Michael Zoumas (CORALINE), developing a sitcom with Brian and Dean Ronalds (TBS' "Meet the Browns") starring Judd Nelson, Dave Foley, Justine Bateman and Robert Wagner, and is in the midst of casting an adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel SNUFF."