Your upcoming film Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood - in a few words,
what is it about?
Robin Hood and his Merry
Men are living a very happy life in Sherwood Forest and enjoy all kinds of
adventures against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Tom Savini) ... till a bad
decision of magic steers the lives of Robin Hood, Lady Marian (Ramona Kuen)
and Little John (Kane Hodder) into a completely wrong direction.
Hood, and what convinced you that this story would be a good
foundation for a horror movie? And how did the whole project come into being in the
Ghosts of Sherwood came
into my mind when directing a regular Robin Hood-stageplay in
my region. Maybe I watched too many horrormovies by this time, but
I just started to follow the question "what might happen if this brave
hero becomes an evil creature suddenly?" Sometimes a good story
starts just grows from an insignificant little question.
How close does Robin Hood: Ghosts of
Sherwood remain to the actual Robin
Hood-legend? And do you pay hommage (in whatever way) to past
adaptations of the story? And while we're at it, your favourite
As you can imagine, our
story will not be very close to past adaptions. Do we really need another
adaption of Robin
Hood? No, what we need is a good mixture of
wellknown characters being placed in a completely new context.
Hood-movie? Hm, there are many good adaptions out there so I don’t have really a favourite.
Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood
was shot in 3D - what can you tell us about your experiences with the
technology as a filmmaker, and how would you describe your movie's
3D-experience for the viewers?
Shooting in 3D is a
complete different kind of work from shooting in 2D. First of all we had
to learn following specific laws of 3D filmmaking, next we had to learn
choosing locations supporting 3D's advantages. Experiencing
filmmaking in 3D was a completely new challenge for me, a great adventure
in a new dimension, but most of all: much fun. We decided to shoot in 3D
because thanks to 3D we have the possibility of giving the audiences the
feeling to be closer to the movie. Thanks to 3D-technology audiences
feel like being part of the movie by seeing all kinds of scenes directly
in front of them. The depth of 3D simulates a real surrounding to the
audiences. In 2D versions you watch a movie, in a 3D version you feel like
being an observer of a currently happening situation.
far will Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood go in terms of violence and
We have some gore, but
it’s not a slaughterparty J.
A few words about your leads, Martin Thon as Robin Hood and
Ramona Kuen as Maid Marian?
Both are very talented
newcomers who lend their famous characters very unique and special
personalitues. Of course, they studied tons of Robin
Hood-films before production, but both of them decided to create a very special so
far unknown character-interpretation, and I appreciated very much that they
took the chance to deliver very unique and personal interpretations of
film also features horror legends Tom Savini as Sheriff of Nottingham and
Kane Hodder as Little John. How did you get them to join your project, and
what was it like working with them?
Tom and I were talking
about doing a film together for about 10 years already and when I decided
to produce Ghosts of Sherwood, I asked him if he'd be interested in
playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. Of course he was and accepted
Kane was very intrigued by the character of Little John
as well and arranged everything to be able to be with us at the set.
Later they told us that we
were the first production company in the world who hired both of them to
act together in a movie. Seriously, they
met each other in several Friday the 13th productions but
never stood in front of camera together. So you can imagine both of them
had much fun acting against each other in character and joking around
together behind the scenes. Working together with such horrorlegends was
just a very great honour for me and I can't thank them enough for giving
me such an opportunity. When Tom gets into his character you can feel a
huge magical presence around him. More than once I stood there totally
speechless in front of Tom after a scene because the way he formed his
character was even better than I could have ever dreamed of. And Kane was
just a big giant rock in open water. He is an amazing actor who works very
focused on his character as well. With every single scene you can
feel his vast experience in the filmbusiness.You know, it felt like they were
born to be these legendary characters.
A few words about
the rest of your cast and crew?
Simply fantastic and
outstanding! Thank you so much guys for all your great ambitious
engagement and support in service of doing this production. Robin Hood:
Ghosts of Sherwood would be nothing with out you!!!
As far as I'm informed, Robin
Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood is currently also turned into a comicbook.
What can you tell us about that project?
Yeah, we decided to
release a comicbook along with the movie. The comic is based on the film's
plot and will be realeased in English and in German and maybe other languages.
question of course: When and where will the film be released, tentatively?
Good question – next
question please? Hahaha. We can´t say anything about a US-start at the
moment because that's a decision of our US-distributor, but in Germany we
plan to hit the theatres in fall 2012. If everything works out in our
favour, we plan to celebrate the international releaseparty in Cannes in May
Any future projects you'd like to talk about?
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There are several
interesting projects arriving at our studio at the moment. Just yesterday
a Hollywood director asked us for 3D-support for his upcoming film project,
but as long as no contracts are signed, I'm just open for everything the
future has in mind for me.
Most of the films you are involved with
either as director, producer or distributor are somehow horror-related. Is
horror a genre especially dear to you, and why?
Well, Metal Man
wasn´t horror-related at all - but okay, yes, I'm a big horrorfan and
focussed my business skills mostly on horrorfilm releases as well. I love to
get frightened to death in good horrormovies,
and of course I love this special kind of genre very much, but I
would never just focus on horrorfilms as a director. Maybe my next movie will
be an actionmovie.
who inspire you?
George Romero, Sam Raimi,
James Cameron, Peter Jackson, to name just a few.
Your favourite movies?
You will laugh... Dragonheart J, Titanic, good action stuff and
Star Trek TOS J.
for the interview!