Agnieszka Vosloo to direct Magnitude 9 in Japan
Hollywood super producer/director Brett Ratner is teaming up with Alvernia Studios in Poland on Magnitude 9, a modern version of Madame Butterfly set against the Japanese tsunami of 2011. Agnieszka Vosloo (After. Life) directs from her own screenplay.
An updated version of Madame Butterfly, the epic love story tells of an ambitious American naval officer who meets a mysterious Japanese girl in Tokyo on the eve of his return to his fiancée in the US. His life and love choices are severely tested when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggers a catastrophic tsunami. The film will shoot in Japan next year, with RatPac Entertainment’s John Cheng and Kasia Nabialczyk overseeing the project along with Alvernia Studios' Anna Rozalska.
Brett Ratner, known for hits such as Rush Hour and Horrible Bosses, and currently in Hungary directing and producing Hercules, said: “Magnitude 9 is one of the more powerful scripts I’ve read in a long time—it combines a great love story around a natural disaster and beautifully tells the story of the incredible lengths people will go through for love.”
The director was Alvernia Studios’ first choice to take the helm. Alvernia’s owner Stanislaw Tyczynski said of the hire: "Agnieszka had a unique vision and passion for the story and she’s amazing working with actors.”