Caruso-Conte to produce The Adventures Of William Tell

MUMBAI: Fred Caruso (Blue Velvet) and D Constantine Conte (The Presidio) are set to co-produce the film The Adventures Of William Tell.

The project is worth $60 million under the Tell Productions banner.

Motion picture rights have been acquired by Tell Productions to Friedrich von Schiller‘s 1805 work Wilhelm Tell from the University of Chicago Press.

It is being co-financed by the Caruso/Conte 2010 Pan-European Fund, and there is also an independent equity financing.

Pre-production stage of the film will begin from the fourth quarter of 2008. The film is slated for a 2010 release.

Filming will take place in Lucerne and several other locations in the central region of Switzerland. Also, Swiss-native actress Kiera Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin has been cast to portray Tell‘s wife.

The film is a medieval epic adventure, featuring the story of Tell forced to use his crossbow to shoot an apple off his son‘s head.

Caruso said, "Everyone knows the story of William Tell and the apple. Yet few know the circumstances behind why Tell was forced to put his eldest son at such risk and what events were yet to unfold. William Tell was a hero well in advance of his time. After having met Urban Frye, Festival Director of the Rose d‘Or, it was obvious that Switzerland, in and of itself, would become an integral character of the film."

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