SK Film History

The saga of the “Solomon Kane” film production began in 2001 when it was announced that producers Samuel Hadida, Paul Berrow, Michael Berrow, and Don Murphy were developing the film for New Line Cinema with Christopher Lambert in the titular role. Following a long delay, Murphy left the project and the production was shifted to Hadida’s Davis Films.

After another expended period of development, Michael J. Bassett, who had signed on as writer and director, announced in August 2006, he had completed a script for “Solomon Kane.” The new film was to be an origin story for a proposed trilogy of films featuring the Puritan adventurer created by legendary author Robert E. Howard.

In Bassett’s version, Kane is introduced as a ruthless 16th Century mercenary who seeks redemption for his sins after a confrontation with the Devil’s Reaper. His quest to redeem his soul leads him across Elizabethan England to battle the minions of an evil sorcerer.

By October 2007 the producers had begun casting, selecting James Purefoy to portray Kane. In the weeks that followed other cast members were brought aboard, including Max Von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Mackenzie Crook, and Alice Krige.
Principle photography began in Prague in January 2008 and later moved to England on the North Devon coast.

On April 16, 2008 director Bassett posted on his personal blog that the initial filming was complete. Almost a year later Bassett reported that post-production on the film was finished and the film was ready for distribution. According to Paradox Entertainment CEO Fredrik Malmberg, the film’s budget was $40,000,000 USD.

Initial reviews of “Solomon Kane” have been strongly positive and distribution dates for the film presently include the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium for October 2009 and The Netherlands in January 2010.

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