Patrick Schwarzenegger and Liana Liberato have come aboard to star in director Marco Kreuzpaintner’s Undying, which is being described as a modern-day Ghost. The film is being produced by Film House Germany’s Summerstorm and Thunder Road Pictures and Lotus Entertainment will begin selling the picture at the Cannes Film Festival.
Written by O’Neil Sharma and Max Work, Undying centers on 18-year-old Chris (Schwarzenegger), who becomes stranded between life and death when a tragic accident threatens to separate him from his girlfriend Olivia (Liberato), forever. Watching from a ghostly afterlife, as she blames herself for his death, Chris finds a way to reach Olivia in her dreams. A story of love and loss, both Chris and Olivia must finally accept the hardest lesson of all – letting go.
Gabriela Bacher will produce the fantasy romance drama for Summerstorm with Thunder Road Pictures founder Basil Iwanyk and Sean Finegan. Roland Emmerich, Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann and Thunder Road Pictures’ Erica Lee are executive producing alongside Cutting Edge Originals’ Tara Moross and Kreuzpaintner.
Kreuzpaintner has developed numerous in-house projects at Summerstorm Entertainment, which he co-founded, in addition to directing credits which include: Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill starring Daniel Brühl and David Kross for 20th Century Fox Germany; Trade starring Kevin Kline, which Roland Emmerich produced; and acclaimed coming-of-age romantic comedy Summer Storm.
Schwarzenegger just wrapped his first leading role opposite Bella Thorne in Scott Speer’s Midnight Sun, based on the Japanese bestselling novel and Kevin Connolly’s Dear Eleanor, with Liberato, who is currently filming Marti Noxon’s To The Bone starring Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins.
Film House Germany and Lotus Entertainment most recently partnered on David Leveaux’s period drama, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss staring Lily James, Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer, which is currently in post-production.
Meanwhile, Undying is just the latest in one of a number of projects on Film House Germany’s slate – a Berlin-based multi-faceted media company founded by Christian Angermayer. Other titles include: Byron Willinger & Phil De Blasi’s Command & Control; Ciro Guerra’s The Detainee; Emma Holly Jones’ Everything Carries Me to You; The Feud directed by Steven C. Miller; Adam Salky’s I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman; Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein; Kweku Mandela’s Mandela’s Children; Jalmari Helander’s Big Game; and Atom Egoyan’s Remember.
Kreuzpaintner is represented by Gretchen Rush of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller and Die Agenten. Schwarzenegger is represented by Management 360 and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott. Liberato is repped by CAA and Management 360.