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Hunt for the Holy Lance, The (Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze, The)

Hunt for the Holy Lance, The
Scene from “Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze” (photo © RTL/Dreamtool/Wolfgang Ennenbach)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2009

Action! Adventure! Thrills and spills! Eik Meiers, his fiancé, archaeologist Katharina Bertholdi and the lively art restorer Justus Zacharias return to the small screen to rescue Eik’s mentor, Professor Bachmann, from the evil clutches of the really bad, totally unscrupulous, stop-at-nothing, beyond fanatical Brotherhood of the Arma Dei!

Bachmann, it seems, has been researching the secret of the Holy Lance, the spear rammed into Jesus’ side while he was on the cross. Also known as The Spear of Fate, it gives its owner invincibility. What bunch of do-badders could say no to that?

A race develops to find the Professor and the weapon. To make things worse (that is, more entertaining for viewers), the spear is guarded by deadly traps and spooky riddles thought up by none other than the last universal genius, Goethe!

Eik, Katharina and Justus are led from Schiller’s skull to the fabled Valhalla and on to the Brandenburg Gate, where they fall into the catacombs and climb to the very top. With the Brotherhood hard on his heels, Eik has to put his trust in God’s hand to save humanity. But will he pass the final test? The chase across Germany, from the grandiose Alpine lake to the dazzling capital is on!

A sequel to the ratings goodness (21.6% share, 4.16 million viewers for RTL, their most successful film of 2008) that was Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen, Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze (“The Hunt for the Holy Lance”) is directed by none other than Student Oscar®-winner Florian Baxmeyer, of The Three ??? fame. The script is by Nibelungen-writer Derek Meister.

Budgeted at a super 5.2 million Euros, Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze promises to be bigger, faster, bolder and, quite simply, have more of everything that worked so well the first time round. Sales agents TELEPOOL are already notching up some very impressive pre-buys.

"The predecessor, Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen, was a big success and has been sold in over 50 territories. Therefore, the interest in the sequel from networks from all over the world is great, and we have already been able to secure a few pre-sales even before the production start," says Irina Ignatiew, Executive Vice President International at TELEPOOL.

Dreamtool Entertainment is the production shingle of Stefan Raiser and Felix Zackor, both of whom studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. With an eye, and presumably also an ear, for what makes good entertainment, their credits also include the Bavarian Television Award- and German Television Award-winning Mein erster Freund, Mutter und ich (2004, for ProSieben) and the action-comedy Zwei zum fressen gern. In August 2008 Jan Mojto’s Beta Film, one of the world’s largest TV-rights merchants, took a 49% stake in the company. If that’s not a vote of confidence, what is?

Genre Adventure

Year of Production 2009
Director Florian Baxmeyer
Screenplay Derek Meister
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Klaus Badelt
Matthias Kammermeier
Cast Kai Wiesinger, Bettina Zimmermann, Fabian Busch, Jürgen Prochnow
Producers Stefan Raiser, Felix Zackor
Production Company Dreamtool Entertainment, in co-production with RTL
Format 16 mm, color
Shooting Dates Regensburg, Berlin, Dresden & surroundings, Keonigssee, Cologne, July - September 2009
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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