Branagh to direct The Magic Flute
The director of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Love's Labour's Lost will team up with Stephen Fry, who recently provided the voice of the guide in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and who worked with Branagh in the film Peter's Friends.
Fry has adapted the story so the action is now moved to the eve of the World War I and the $27 million production is to be shot at Shepperton studios on the six major sound stages, where classics such as I'm All Right Jack and The Constant Husband along with more modern films Shadowlands, The Madness Of King George and Chaplin were all filmed.
Branagh, commenting on directing an opera, said: "This is a very exciting departure for me as a filmmaker."
The film, being funded by millionaire Sir Peter Moores, will be released to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth next year.
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