Thursday 12 April 2012


London 12th April 2012: Entertainment Motion Pictures in association with Arcadia Motion Pictures is delighted to announce rising star Aneurin Barnard (Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, Ironclad, Hunky Dory) is to play the eponymous lead in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Mariah Mundi & the Midas Box.

The film, an adaptation of New York Times best selling author G.P. Taylor’s teen adventure and the first in a series, commences principal photography on 30th April on location in South West England. The live action family adventure is being directed by Jonathan Newman (Swinging with the Finkels, Foster) and produced by Peter Bevan & Karl Richards (The Expatriate, Jackboots on Whitehall), with Ibon Cormenzana & Ignasi Estape (Blackthorn).  Six Sales is handling international sales.

Barnard joins a stellar cast including Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Frost/Nixon,) who plays Will Charity, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) as Luger, Lena Headey (Game of the Thrones, 300) as Monica, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes) as Mariah’s mother Catherine and Ioan Gruffudd (W, Fantastic Four) as Mariah’s father, Charles Mundi.

Producer Peter Bevan says “We're very pleased to be commencing photography on the first of the Mariah Mundi series, and to have such an incredible team to bring this adventurous and fantastical world to life. With the remarkable talent of Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes and Aneurin Barnard in the title role, combined with the uniquely British locations and innovative visual effects, this movie promises to be a high impact action adventure with a big heart. We can't wait to bring to picture to audiences.

I am thrilled to be able to bring Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box to the big screen.” adds director Jonathan Newman. “GP Taylor’s book combines the best elements of an action adventure film with a strong emotional core and instantly iconic characters. I am lucky to have a strong team around me to bring this unique vision of the 1800s to life and the designs for this world are stunning.

We have assembled a really stellar cast of actors as well as discovering some really exciting new talent for the younger cast members and I am confident that Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box will take the viewer on a unique visual and narrative rollercoaster, with a few cracking surprises along the way.
Adapted for the screen by Gavin Scott (The Borrowers, Small Soldiers), Rob Sprackling, John Smith (Gnomeo & Juliet) and Christian Taylor (Lost, Star Wars: Clone Wars) the story follows seventeen year old Mariah whose world is torn apart when his parents suddenly disappear and unknown assailants kidnap his younger brother Felix. With only a mysterious stranger, Charity, to help him, Mariah follows a trail to the majestic Prince Regent hotel.

Beneath the many floors of the luxurious hotel, which sits on the edge of a cliff, lurks a secret and sinister underworld filled with shady villains, child snatching creatures and an extraordinary box that turns everyday objects into gold. Will Mariah find his family and live to tell the tale of adventures or will he succumb to the curse of the Prince Regent?
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