After launching the funded producing shingle Fable House this morning, Adrien Brody has been set by Corsan to play the title role in Emperor, a revenge tale helmed by Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori. Brody will play the brilliant strategist Emperor Charles V, trying to hold together a fragmented Empire, in a 16th century world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason. Corsan’s Paul Bruels is producing.
The Devil’s Double scribe Michael Thomas III wrote the original script and Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is working on the latest draft. Filming starts August 2014, and the film shoots in both Czech Republic and Belgium. Corsan World Sales is handling sales on the project and Paradigm is selling North America. Corsan just teamed with Brody on the Paul Haggis-directed Third Person, which Sony Pictures Classics releases in June.
Said Brody: “I have long admired Lee’s work and a true fan since he blew me away with Once Were Warriors. The gritty and complex nature of his films and the characters within them haunt me to this day. When Lee approached me to play the role of Charles V – a man with great power, and greater flaws – whose demons took his empire to the brink – I felt compelled to accept the challenge.”