Another adaptation of Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita”, the film “Woland”, is being prepared by the Mars Media studio in strict secrecy. The names of the actors who will play the key characters of the biblical block are still unknown: Yeshua and Pontius Pilate. However, the head of the company, Ruben Dishdishyan, in an interview with Vedomosti, revealed some of the details of a large-scale project in which the star of Inglorious Basterds August Diehl will play, or Gary Oldman could have played.
ABOUT CHANGE OF DIRECTORS AND CASTING
“The director was originally Nikolai Lebedev and he did a tremendous job. There was an idea to attract the big stars of Hollywood. Kolya wanted Olga Kurylenko for the role of Margarita, she flew, she did tests, in my opinion, they were good. Olga and I became very good friends, she wanted to play this role. They thought about inviting Gary Oldman to Woland, but he indicated a fee that we couldn’t afford. I am sorry that the project was not carried out at that time, but at that time we could not increase the budget. In general, the pause dragged on. Kolya Lebedev could not wait indefinitely and at some point left for the Nuremberg project (the film was co-produced by Konstantin Ernst, but then he also left the project-Auth.). And we began to think about what to do next, and after a while we resumed communication with Misha Lokshin.
PRO BUDGET PHOTOS
“The budget of the film is 1.2 billion rubles”
ABOUT THE PREMIERE DATE
“Bible block removed. And we do the installation thinking about it. There is no exact release date yet. I think The Master and Margarita will be released in the fall-winter of 2023 (previously the picture was planned to be released on January 1 of this year – Auth.) We are heavily dependent on computer graphics, and this is the most important thing now .