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Company confirms it is producing biopic about the radical Swiss Reformer.
The life of Ulrich Zwingli will be brought to the big screens, confirmed C-Films, a company which produced films like “Midnight train to Lisbon.”
Many have discovered the Protestant Reformation through films about Martin Luther (especially “Luther”, lead by Joseph Fiennes), but not many other Christians leaders of his age have been portrayed in cinemas.
Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was the most well known Reformer of the Swiss city of Zürich, a focus of the Reformation in the country alongside Calvin’s Geneva.
The script is being written by journalist Simone Schmid, who is working on historical material of the Reformed Church in Switzerland. The movie’s budget will be 6 million Swiss Francs (about 5 million Euros) and the release is expected for 2018.
C-Films stated that it will be an “independent” film, but it will still aim to reach the general public.
REFORMED CHURCHES PLANNED THE PROJECT
The Reformed Church had shown their desire to “bring Zwingli’s story to the big screen”, but they had explained: “We do not have the millions to pay for it.”
The movie could have success, they said, because the Reformer’s life combines “religion and power, desire and love, violence and strong convictions.”