By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT AND VOLTAGE PICTURES SET TO PRODUCE ROLAND EMMERICH’S HISTORICAL EPIC MAYA LORD

Berlin (February 14, 2018) Centropolis Entertainment and Voltage Pictures are set to produce the thrilling historical epic feature film Maya Lord from visionary filmmaker and box-office powerhouse Roland Emmerich (Independence DayThe Day After Tomorrow), it was announced today by Centroplis.

Angela Workman (The Zookeeper’s Wife) has written the script to be directed by Emmerich.

Voltage is also handling international sales for the film. Emmerich and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier will introduce the project to buyers at a special presentation at the European Film Market on Thursday, February 15th.

US and China rights are repped by CAA.

In the vein of Dances With Wolves, Braveheart and The PatriotMaya Lord is a timely tale of oppression and survival.  Guerrero, a solider, and Aguilar a priest survive a violent shipwreck in the Yucatan Peninsula only to be captured by a fierce Mayan tribe. With no hope for escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer Gonzalo Guerrero chooses to adopt the Mayan culture as his own, while the uncompromising Father Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith.  The arrival of the conquistadors in 1519 tests the will of both men as they take different warring paths.

“I have been passionate about bringing this incredible true story of famed adventurer Gonzalo Guerrero to audiences for a long time, so I am delighted to be joining forces with Nic Chartier and the team at Voltage to bring this rich and powerful film to life,” commented Roland Emmerich.

Nicolas Chartier said, “Roland Emmerich is one of the biggest directors in the world. His movies take the audience on an emotional ride for a never-been-seen adventure every single time. We love his vision and passion for Maya Lord. This will be the perfect film for buyers who want event movies that can compete with studios releases in their countries.”

Roland Emmerich is the internationally renowned director, producer, and screenwriter whose films, including Independence Day,StargateGodzillaThe PatriotThe Day After Tomorrow2012, and White House Down, have taken in more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office.

In his native Germany, Emmerich’s career began when his first film, The Noah’s Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. Other credits include Anonymous, which explored the explosive theory that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by Edward De Vere, and Stonewall, a drama about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 New York, which sparked the LGBT civil rights movement.

He set up Centropolis Film Productions in 1985 and under this banner, he has produced and directed almost 30 feature films.

Emmerich is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.

ABOUT CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT

Centropolis Entertainment is the film and television production company of international filmmakers, director/writer/producer Roland Emmerich, and his sister, producer Ute Emmerich. Since the company’s inception in 1985, its manymaxine films – including The PatriotThe Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Godzilla and Anonymous — have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.

ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES

Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity.  Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for “The Hurt Locker”; and three Academy Awards for “Dallas Buyers Club.” The company is currently in production on “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, and Jim Parsons, and is in post-production on “I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and  Emily Ratajkowski which is set to release wide via STX. Voltage just completed production on “Departures” starring Maisie Williams, Asa Butterfield, Nina Dobrev, and Ken Jeong as well as “Welcome Home” starring Aaron Paul and Emily Ratajkowski.  Voltage’s recent releases include “Colossal,” starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens; “All Eyez on Me,” one of the highest grossing independent films of 2017 via Lionsgate / Summit Releasing; and Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed “Wind River.”

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One Response to “CENTROPOLIS ENTERTAINMENT AND VOLTAGE PICTURES SET TO PRODUCE ROLAND EMMERICH’S HISTORICAL EPIC MAYA LORD”

  1. colosson says:

    So, Emmerich is kinda remaking “The Mission” then?

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