First Look Media has acquired international rights excluding Germany to Luther, a biopic of Martin Luther currently shooting in central Germany, Bavaria, Italy and the Czech Republic with Joseph Fiennes playing the title character.
Alfred Molina, Peter Ustinov and Bruno Ganz co-star in the film which is directed by Eric Till and produced by Alexander Thies, Brigitte Rochow and Christian Stehr. Luther follows the man's life from the God-fearing man who becomes a monk who grows to challenge the tyranny of a monolithic church and reinterpret the bible.
The film is an NFP production in collaboration with AAL/LB (Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood) and Degeto Frankfurt with support from the German Federal Film Board FFA, Bavarian Film and Television Funding FFF, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung MDM and Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg. A theatrical release in Germany is scheduled for autumn 2003.