Carnaby International makes its market debut with the $40 million dollar action fantasy film written and directed by cinematographer Peter Briggs – the screenwriter of HELLBOY, teaming with the producers of Academy Award winning STAR WARS, ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER.
Producer Gary Kurtz said, “I am very pleased to be working with the Carnaby team on PANZER 88. They have enthusiastically supported the project from the beginning. I look forward to working closely with Carnaby on all aspects of the marketing and distribution of the film. I knew instinctively hearing Peter Briggs tell me the story of PANZER 88 that I had to, simply had to make this movie. Same instinct that got me working on STAR WARS.”
Peter Briggs stated, “I’m deliriously pleased with the way Carnaby integrated seamlessly with the creative core of Gary, Ivor, Priscilla, Alex, and myself on PANZER 88. Bringing to bear the undeniable A-list class and commercial know-how of the producers of STAR WARS and ALIEN, and the technical wizardry of Richard Taylor’s 5-time Academy Award winning Weta Workshop, Carnaby are launching to market what I think is one of the most extraordinary supernatural action movies that has emerged from this or any other past AFM. Carnaby know they have a commercial and genuinely thrilling project in PANZER, and their bold and clear strategy grabs you by the jugular the moment you walk through the front door of Loew’s.”
Ivor Powell commented: “With Carnaby, we have been fortunate enough to find a team that share our passion in PANZER 88. I’m confident that the Carnaby team’s sales expertise will be brilliant for the project. These past few weeks have proved an exciting roller coaster for all of us as the Carnaby team shifted into overdrive for our AFM debut. It was exciting to witness everything coming together.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with such an accomplished and talented team of people,” said Sean O’Kelly, CEO of Carnaby. “We’ve had an amazing response from buyers who have really responded to the concept of PANZER 88. It’s a film that delivers the entire package.”
Cast is being finalized with the producers in discussion with Jay Baruchel, Gary Oldman, Thomas Kretschmann and Liev Schreiber.
PANZER 88 is produced by Gary Kurtz, Oscar-winning producer of STAR WARS, STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, AMERICAN GRAFFITI and Ivor Powell: ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THE DUELLISTS. Special Effects are engineered by Weta Workshop: (5 time Oscar-winning) AVATAR, THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS, DISTRICT 9, KING KONG, with VFXPrime Focus: WORLD WAR Z, TREE OF LIFE, X-MEN FIRST CLASS, TRON LEGACY, AVATAR.
PANZER 88 is set to start shooting in the UK and Canada in late 2014.