Reynolds Screenplay by: Dean Georgaris, Peter Morgan, Dominic Morgan and Matthew Harvey Executive Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jim Lemley, Frank Hubner, John
Hardy, and Matthew Stillman Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
longtime dream project of producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott explores the medieval
legend of a princess and warrior's love affair, which threatens to tear apart an uneasy
peace between England and Ireland. A tale of epic battles, royal intrigue and a timeless,
Tristan & Isolde (romantic
Scot Free Prods/Francise Picture, 634 N. Lapeer Dr., LA 90059 310-360-2250
Shooting in Ireland, Prague
Start September 1 2003
Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Mark Strong, Bonagh
Gallagher, Dexter Fletcher
ExPrd., Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jim Lernley, Frank Hubner; Prd., Lisa Elzey, Giannina
Facio, Moshe Diamant, Elie Samaha; Kevin Reynolds directing.
'Tristan and Isolde' has
commenced principal photography in Galway. Directed by Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte
Cristo, Waterworld), the film is produced by Octagon, the production company of World 2000
and Metropolitan Films. Shooting in Galway for four weeks, production then moves to
Prague. Actors include Sophia Myles (Isolde), James Franco (Tristan), Dexter Fletcher,
Bronagh Gallagher (soon to be seen in Spin the Bottle) and Rufus Sewell. Octagon is also gearing up for Damien O'Donnell's first Irish feature,
'Inside I'm Dancing', which starts shooting in early October.
Summer Production Update
Production Update: Feature
films currently shooting around Ireland are: 'King Arthur', the Disney/Bruckheimer
co-production, with Irish producer Morgan O'Sullivan and Line Producer Ned Dowd, is
shooting in Wicklow; 'Laws of Attraction' has just finished shooting, and is being
edited by Tony Lawson in London; 'Are You Looking At Me' is being produced by Besom
Productions and directed by Besom's Margo Harkin and is due to finishe shooting next week
(end August). 'Starfish' is an ultra low budget shoot, produced by Stephen Kane,
currently shooting with a shooting schedule of 6 weeks. 'Bite' is another low
budget shoot, directed by Fintan Connolly and produced by Fubar Productions.
Feature films in pre-production, and schedule for a
principal photography start of next week are 'Man About Dog', produced by Treasure
Films and directed by Paddy Breathnach; 'Blackwater Lightship' is produced by
Likeshore Productions, World 2000's Morgan O'Sullivan for Hallmark, and stars Angela
Lansbury, whose most recent work in Ireland was The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax'; 'Inside
I'm Dancing', Damien O'Donnell's first feature in Ireland, produced by James Flynn at
Octagon Films, is scheduled for an early October start; another Octagon Films feature, Tristan & Isolde, to be directed by Kevin Reynolds, and produced by
TV Series currently in production are: 'The
Big Bow Wow', which started filming on Monday, is shooting for 11 weeks, directors
include Dearbhla Walsh and Liz Gill. The series for RTE is produced by Praxis Pictures; 'The
Clinic' produced by Parallel Films, is half way through production, and stars Lorraine
Pilkington and David Wilmot. A number of episodes are directed by actor Liam Cunningham. 'Bachelors
Walk' started it's third series this month, with a TV date of mid November. This year
the series is being shot on Digi Beta (the first two series were shot on Mini DV).
Subotica's 'Expensive Silence' is also half way through production, and due to
finish shooting early September.
'Film In Focus' in Galway
Film In Focus, the latest in
IBEC and Enterprise Ireland's Content Forum Series, will be held in Galway during the Film
Fleadh on Friday 11 in the Radisson SAS Hotel.
The first session, chaired by John Cummins, MD of Agtel and Chair of the
Audiovisual Federation, focuses on directions for finance and growth, Section 481 and film
infrastructure, Speakers include: Minister for Arts John O'Donoghue TD, Arthur Lappin
(Producer Hell's Kitchen, currently producing Laws of Attraction), James Flynn (Producer
Octagon Films, currently producing Tristan
and Isolde), Ossie
Kilkenny, Chairman of the Irish Film Board, and Kevin Moriarty, MD of Ardmore Studios.
The second session is chaired by Michael
Cantwell, Manager of the Digital Media Department of Enterprise Ireland. Topics include
film in the digital age, the development of and indigenous and regional film sector, and
opportunities in feature film, tv drama, animation and post production facilities.
Speakers include Rod Stoneman, CEO of the Irish Film Board, Ralph Christians, Chairman of
Magma, James Morris, CEO of Windmill Lane, Ruan O'Bric, CEO of Udraas and Bobby O'Reilly,
CEO of the Farm Media Group.
The seminar is at the Radisson SAS Hotel,
Loughatalia Road in Galway, from 10am - 1.30pm. The delegate fee is 25 - you can
book online at www.ibec.ie/events
Morgan O'Sullivan's and James
Flynn's start-up production company Octagon Films will co-produce a version of Tristan And
Isolde with Ridley Scotts Scott Free, to be directed by Kevin Reynolds - while at
the same time Intermedia and Metropolitan Filmexport have teamed to finance and sell their
own Tristan & Iseult, to which Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata) is attached to direct.
Octagon Films, one of the Film Board's CDI companies
(Company Development Initiative with Anglo Irish Bank), has been set up by leading Irish
producers Morgan O Sullivan of World 2000 and James Flynn of Metropolitan Films, and
veteran German producer Willi Baer and his partner Winfried Hamacher of Essen-based W2.
That the two similar-sounding projects each
also include the involvement of a Metropolitan-titled company, does little to ease
potential confusion between them.
Ireland-based Metropolitan Films' James
Flynn and partner Juanita Wilson were, among other things, financial consultants on Neil
Jordans The Good Thief and Jackie Chans Highbinders.
Meanwhile, French independent, Metropolitan
Filmexport's Samuel and Victor Hadida were the producers behind Davis Film's hit French
title The Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups) (Screendaily 19 May).
The quartet behind Octagon, whose new
company is based at Irelands Ardmore Studios, will pool their extensive production
and finance expertise to develop feature films for the international market and have
brought Catherine Tiernan, formerly of Ocean Films (The Fifth Province) onboard as a
In addition to the Dean Georgaris-scripted Tristan And Isolde, Octagons current slate includes: The
Godmother, a fantasy comedy about a woman who returns from holidays with a divine baby,
written by Wesley Burrowes (Rat); As If I Am Not There, scripted by Elisabeth Gilek and
based on Slavenka Drakulics acclaimed novel set in the Balkan conflict; and an
adaptation of Emily Pragers novel Roger Fishbite, a satire on life as seen through
the eyes of a precocious 13 year old New Yorker.
Octagon is also seeking co-production
partners to work on a joint venture basis on Irish-based film projects and can provide
line production management to incoming international productions as well as procure
Section 481 investment.
Morgan O Sullivans recent
executive producer and co-producer credits include Reynolds The Count Of Monte
Cristo, Bob Bowmans Reign Of Fire and currently Joel Schumachers Chasing The
Martin Blaney (Screen International) / DH
The Z Review.co.uk
Monday 29th September 2003:
Tristan & Isolde Update: The following pics of the sets of Tristan & Isolde's sets in Ireland have just
been sent in. Thanks to Robert! Click
Tuesday 23rd September 2003:
Tristan & Isolde Update:
Just received word today that the filming on Tristan & Isolde has finished it's
exterior filming in Ireland and has moved to Prague for six weeks for exterior filming.
After that they will then move to studios for 4 weeks of filming.
Thursday 4th September 2003:
Tristan & Isolde Update:
The following press release for Tristan & Isolde has just been released:
Filming has begun in Galway, Ireland on Scott Frees TRISTAN & ISOLDE, a tale set
in the Dark Ages, of a princess and young warriors love affair which threatens to
tear apart an uneasy peace between England and Ireland, it was announced today by Scott
TRISTAN & ISOLDE is directed by
Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte Cristo, Waterworld, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and
written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Paycheck, Mission
Impossible 3). It stars James Franco, Sophia Myles and Rufus Sewell. The film is being
produced for Scott Free by Lisa Ellzey (The Gathering Storm), Giannina Facio (Matchstick
Men), Moshe Diamant (A Sound of Thunder) and Elie Samaha (The Whole Ten Yards).
After the fall of the Roman Empire,
Irish KING DONNCHADH (David OHara) brutally subjugates tribal England. There, young
orphaned TRISTAN (James Franco) is raised by family ally LORD
MARKE (Rufus Sewell). As a young man, the charismatic Tristan leads
guerilla attacks on Irish occupying forces, ultimately defeating King Donnchadhs
elite warriors. Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristan requests a funeral boat
that eventually washes up on the Irish coast. Discovered by Irish Princess ISOLDE (Sophia
Myles), the two fall passionately in love. All too soon Tristan must flee back to the
safety of England. Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites the English lords to contest for
Isoldes hand, hoping to cause further discord among the bickering English barons.
Unaware of Isoldes identity, Tristan fights in the tournament as Markes
champion. Tristan is victorious but is devastated to learn Isoldes true identity. Lord
Marke weds Isolde and prepares to become King of the now united England, ruining
Donnchadhs plan. Despite their best efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde
eventually resume their affair. When King Donnchadh arrives in England for Markes
coronation, he deviously unmasks the affair causing an English rebellion. Lord Marke
forgives Tristan and Isolde as they defend Castle DOr from Irish troops. Tristan
leads a battle against the Irish but is fatally wounded. As Lord Marke leads the reunited
English troops to drive out the Irish, Tristan dies peacefully in Isoldes arms.
Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down,
Gladiator, Blade Runner), Tony Scott (Spy Game, Enemy of the State, Top Gun), Jim Lemley
(We Were Soldiers) and Frank Hubner serve as executive producers. Co-producing are Anne
Lai and Jan Fantl.
This has long been a passion
of ours and we look forward to collaborating with the wonderful team we have assembled for
this film, says Scott Free.
James Franco, who plays Tristan, is
best known for his title role in TNTs James Dean which earned him a
Golden Globe for Best Actor in Motion Picture made for Television. He next stars in Robert
Altmans The Company and John Dahls The Great Raid. Among his other credits are
Spiderman I & II, City by the Sea, Nicolas Cages Sonny and Never Been Kissed.
Sophia Myles, who portrays Isolde, will next been seen as Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds
alongside Ben Kingsley. Her other films credits include the soon to be released Underworld
starring Kate Beckinsale, Mansfield Park, From Hell and The Abduction Club.
Rufus Sewell who plays
Marke, has starred in a number of television and feature films. He will next be seen in a
TV adaptation of Charles II. His many film credits amongst others include A
Knights Tale, Illuminata, Dark City, Kenneth Branaghs Hamlet and
Schlesingers Cold Comfort Farm.
The film also stars David
OHara (Fever, Braveheart, The Devils Own, Some Mothers Son), Dexter
Fletcher (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Topsy Turvy, Jude The Obscure,
Caravaggio), Bronagh Gallagher (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Pulp Fiction, The
Commitments), Henry Cavill (Hellraiser 7, I Capture The Castle, The Count of Monte Cristo)
and Mark Strong (Heartlands, All About Love, Fever Pitch).
TRISTAN & ISOLDE will be
released domestically by 20th Century Fox with Franchise Pictures serving as international
sales agent. The film shoots in Ireland and Prague through early December 2003.
Monday 21st July 2003: Tristan
& Isolde Update:
British actress Sophia Myles, who plays Lady Penelope in the forthcoming Thunderbirds
movie, is to star with James Franco in period romance Tristan & Isolde, directed by
Kevin Reynolds. Set in medieval Britain and Ireland, the story is an adaptation of the
romantic myth about doomed young lovers. It follows Tristan (Franco), an English knight
who attempts to unite England by winning the hand of the Irish king's daughter, Isolde
(Myles). The knight falls in love with the future queen, but she is already married to
another and their affair threatens the future of Britain.
Thursday 17th July 2003: Tristan
& Isolde Update: Just received word that Henry Cavill will play Melot in Tristan and Isolde. Thanks to
Monday 16th June 2003: Tristan
& Isolde Update: The filming on Tristan and Isolde is thought to be starting in the Czech republic at
the end of August.
Tristan and Isolde
hits the silverscreen
Irish Abroad IrishAbroad.com
THE doomed Irish medieval love story of Tristan and Isolde
is to be turned into a movie. The west coast of Ireland will provide the backdrop
for the film about Tristan, an English knight, who falls for Isolde, an Irish princess,
after they share a love potion. Ridley Scott, the legendary Hollywood director of
Blade Runner and Thelma And Louise, will be at the helm and has a cast of relatively
unknown actors to keep costs down. The British-born director has been trying to make
a movie version of the mythical tale since the 1970s. The tragic love story has been
the subject of an opera by Richard Wagner and is regularly performed around the
world. James Flynn, of Octagon Films, who is co-producing the movie with Ridley
Scott, said: It will be a substantial blockbuster. Ridley Scott has always wanted to
make this film. It will be a very big movie and it has all the ingredients.
February 11, 2003
Reynolds, Tristan & Isolde
Classic tale gets the big-screen treatment.
February 11, 2003
- According to ScreenDaily, Oscar-nominated
Scott will produce Tristan and Isolde for Franchise Pictures and Warner
will star in the film, which will be directed by Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte
Cristo). The picture will lens in Europe.
ScreenDaily reminds us that Tristan and Isolde is "the epic story of the
English knight who wins the hand of the Irish King's daughter for his king, only to
threaten the existing truce between their two countries."
Myths claims that Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances
in the medieval period. It predated and influenced the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and
Guinevere." The legend of Tristan and Isolde has also served as the basis for
the 1865 opera
by Richard Wagner.
There is a competing version of Tristan and Isolde that Rupert Wainwright will
direct for Davis Films and Intermedia.
BBC News - Friday June 13,
Sir Ridley backs medieval movie
Sir Ridley Scott is to
produce an adaptation of the legend of Tristan and Isolde which will be filmed in
Prague, according to reports.
The British director and producer's company Scott Free is co-producing the project, which
will be directed by Kevin Reynolds, Screen Daily said. Reynolds' previous movies have
included The Count of Monte Christo and the universally-panned Waterworld, starring Kevin
Costner. The film, which will go into production in August, is based on the medieval tale
of Irish princess Isolde who falls in with the nephew of the king she is betrothed to
after drinking a love potion. She marries the king but cannot forget his nephew Tristan,
who is also pining for the princess. They are finally reunited in death. James Franco, who
starred as Harry Osborn in Spider-Man, has joined the cast. The Arthurian legend has been
retold many times and Richard Wagner's music is a classical and ballet favourite.