Film Manufacturers Inc. Boards the Murder-Mystery 'Galapagos'

Marc Rothemund will direct the true tale about a group of emigres who mysteriously died and disappeared in the 1930s.

Film Manufacturers Inc., the New York-based production company, is joining Telepool and KJ Entertainment to produce the murder-mystery Galapagos.

Marc Rothemund (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) is directing the tale, set in the 1930s and based on Margarete Wittmer’s best-selling autobiography Floreana: A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.

?KJ Entertainment president Kathrin Lohmann, who also manages the German arm of FMI, Film Manufacturers GmbH, found the project when she met Wittmer, shortly before the latter’s death, on a trip to the Galapagos. The film will tell the true story of a small group of émigrés to the Galapagos, who, after a series of unexplained events in 1934, were all either killed or they vanished, except for Wittmer.

“It is not often that you come across a person who has lived a life that is very unusual and still riddled with secrets," Lohmann said. "After I met Mrs. Wittmer and read her memoir, I immediately procured the rights with my producing partners, because I knew the material had all the ingredients to make for a fantastically unique film."

Added FMI president Katharina Otto-Bernstein: “FMI had been tracking the venture from the inception, and I am pleased that we have formalized our commitment to this very special project. I am thrilled to be teaming up with my longtime business partner Kathrin Lohmann, who co-produced Absolute Wilson, and Thomas Weimar (Telepool GmbH), who distributed Beautopia.”