UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Relativity Media announced today that Immortals will be the official title of its Greek mythology tale previously called War of Gods.
The highly anticipated Immortals follows the mythological tale of the young warrior Theseus, who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil and the powerful elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. Tarsem Singh directs the film that began shooting in Montreal this week.
It was also announced that John Hurt and Isabel Lucas have joined Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke in the cast. Hurt will portray the earthly manifestation of the god Zeus, who acts as a mentor and teacher to the young warrior Theseus (Cavill). Isabel Lucas was brought onto Immortals as Athena, the daughter of Zeus who finds her loyalty tested as the war between the gods and Titans looms.
Distributed by Universal Pictures, Immortals will be produced by 300 partners Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang Productions, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM and Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media. Jason Keller penned the most recent draft of the script. An earlier version was written by Christian Gudegast, based on an original screenplay by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides.
Hurt recently completed director Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock, opposite Helen Mirren. Last year, he was seen reprising his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York, as well as appearing with Ray Winstone and Tom Wilkinson in 44 Inch Chest. The actor recently wrapped his role in the next installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Hurt is represented by John Crosby, ICM and Independent Talent.
Lucas recently starred in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Daybreakers. She will soon star in Red Dawn and recently wrapped production on the Australian films Kin and A Heartbeat Away. The actress is represented by UTA and Meissner Management.
Universal Pictures has set a November 11, 2011, release date for Immortals.
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Relativity Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company that focuses on creating, financing and distributing first class, studio-quality entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets. Relativity owns and operates Rogue, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of lower-budget genre films, which has had particular success within the horror genre with films including The Unborn and The Strangers. Building upon its foundation of financing and producing films, Relativity has grown to include music, sports and television divisions and the next-generation social network iamrogue.com. Relativity also owns and operates RelativityREAL, Relativity's television arm, which has become one of the leading suppliers of reality television with more than 20 shows in episodic or pilot. RelativityREAL is run by Tom Foreman; his past successes include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Kid Nation.
To date, Relativity has committed to, produced and/or financed more than 200 studio-quality motion pictures through 2014. Released films have accumulated more than $12.6 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Relativity's recent films include Dear John, Brothers, The Wolfman, It's Complicated, Zombieland, Couples Retreat, The Ugly Truth, Public Enemies, Fast & Furious, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and, most recently, The Bounty Hunter and Repo Men. Upcoming films for Relativity include MacGruber, Fighter, Robin Hood, Get Him to the Greek, Grown Ups, Salt, Nanny McPhee 2, The Social Network and Sanctum. Twenty-nine of the company's films have opened at No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 43 Oscar® nominations, including nods for Nine, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Forty-four of Relativity's films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.
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