Alexander Rodnyansky’s AR Content material is creating a slate of latest sequence because the two-time Oscar-nominated producer continues his push into high-end episodic content material.
Rodnyansky revealed particulars of two new tasks to Selection through the Berlinale Collection Market, simply days after Fox Leisure acquired U.S. rights to AR Content material’s upcoming epic motion present “Khan: The Collection,” as Selection beforehand reported.
“The Doghead” is a sequence loosely based mostly on the ebook of the identical title by best-selling creator Alexey Ivanov, whose earlier works tailored for the large display embody Cannes Un Sure Regard prize winner “Tsar.”
The sequence follows Kirill, a homebody historian who prefers stability to vary or journey, however who travels to a distant village to search for his misplaced girlfriend. Her disappearance is simply the primary in a series of mysterious occasions that began within the seventeenth century round an enigmatic fresco of an historic spirit often called the Doghead.
After a mystical object is found within the village, the inhabitants are granted unimaginable energy of which they’re unaware. It’s Kirill who will in the end be the one to resolve the traditional thriller.
“Style-wise, this can be a thriller set within the Russian ‘center of nowhere’ stuffed with monsters, cryptic rituals and cult objects. However once we look intently, it’s actually a narrative about freedom of alternative, each in a private and civic sense,” stated Rodnyansky.
“It’s very entertaining. It’s dramatic. It’s modern. On the similar time, it brings collectively Russian historical past, traditions, mythologies, and modern characters. It’s a narrative about freedom of alternative, and the protagonist is about to make his alternative,” he added.
“The World of Tomorrow” takes place in St. Petersburg in a future that has been ravaged by fixed pandemics. Declared a protected haven by the Russian authorities, the town is split into three zones whose inhabitants are separated by vaccination standing. This experiment makes St. Petersburg essentially the most desired place to dwell on the planet.
“The Inexperienced Zone is completely protected – you reside such as you did earlier than the pandemic. It’s form of the Hong Kong of the North. This can be a multi-ethnic metropolis the place Chinese language, Korean, Japanese, French, and even Individuals now dwell collectively,” stated Rodnyansky. “The unvaccinated dwell within the Purple Zone. That is the lawless space, and naturally, stuffed with crime and illness.” Journey between zones is closely restricted. Ruling over the town is an omnipotent legislation enforcement company often called the Sanitary Service.
“The World of Tomorrow” begins with the homicide of probably the most necessary individuals within the metropolis: the CEO of a serious pharmaceutical firm. A younger surgeon, Jia – half-Russian and half-Chinese language – is framed for his homicide. However the detective who despatched her to jail begins to have doubts.
“That’s how the story begins. However the world, the universe, makes me excited,” stated Rodnyansky. “This story may be very uncommon, as a result of it brings collectively the very historic magnificence of St. Petersburg in a close to future fueled by the identical challenges we face proper now.”
Additionally on the corporate’s slate is “Debriefing the President,” an adaptation of former CIA analyst John Nixon’s firsthand account of the interrogation of Saddam Hussein. The sequence will launch some 20 years after the previous Iraqi chief’s 2003 seize.
“Historical past has confirmed these occasions as formative for the historical past of the world, in addition to the Center East,” stated Rodnyansky. “John Nixon’s story is sort of a psychological thriller of the best stakes: a person’s life, the destiny of the area, and a superpower’s nationwide thought of itself.”
The producer described the psychological drama as “‘Zero Darkish Thirty’ meets ‘Frost vs. Nixon.’” First conceived as a function movie, Rodnyansky is now creating “Debriefing the President” as a four-hour restricted sequence with Academy Award nominee Ziad Doueiri (“The Insult”) connected to direct.
The producer stated Doueiri was “the primary individual I known as” after optioning Nixon’s ebook. The 2 had met through the 2018 Oscar race, when each Doueiri’s “The Insult” and the Rodnyansky-produced “Loveless” had been competing for the Academy Award.
“For him, it’s personally necessary,” Rodnyansky stated of the Lebanese-born director, who fled that nation along with his household through the civil conflict within the Nineteen Eighties. “That’s why he’s additional obsessed with this story. With Doueiri’s background, power and command of his craft, I knew instantly that he was the proper alternative for this present.”
Identified for producing acclaimed, arthouse movies together with Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Academy Award nominees “Leviathan” and “Loveless” and Un Sure Regard prize winners “Beanpole,” by Kantemir Balagov, and “Unclenching the Fists,” by Kira Kovalenko, Rodnyansky has more and more been specializing in high-end sequence via his Los Angeles-based AR Content material, which he launched in 2018.
Final 12 months the corporate inked a first-look take care of Apple for a slate of each Russian-language and multilingual reveals for Apple TV Plus, set each inside and out of doors Russia, and creatively led by each Russian and worldwide writers and administrators.
“As producers and filmmakers, we’re going via essentially the most thrilling time in historical past,” Rodnyanksy stated. “I by no means keep in mind a time when content material is so wanted, and when borders are crossed in each instructions.
“We dwell in a world the place Hollywood used to distribute content material from Los Angeles everywhere in the world. Proper now, we’ve an opportunity to inform native tales, produced in several international locations and distributed by international platforms to all audiences on the similar time,” he added. “This can be a distinctive chance we by no means had earlier than.”
Different tasks in improvement from AR Content material embody “Frozen Land,” a sequence a couple of Russian serial killer that’s advised via the eyes of the killer’s devoted fiancé after which spouse; and “Purple Rainbow,” which relies on a real story set in 1977 about three younger homosexual activists from West Berlin who’re invited to Moscow on an official go to, not realizing that homosexuality is against the law within the Soviet Union. The undertaking was the winner of final 12 months’s co-production pitching competitors at Collection Mania.