Movies and cinema have always been a great interest of mine. I believe the filmmaking process requires an artistic soul and a vast knowledge of the craft. I have always been fascinated by artists that can capture historic events, fill us with joy, and peak the audience’s imagination — taking us on an entertaining journey through storytelling.
While I may not have been born with gift of filmmaking, having never mastered the art, I have always longed to be a part of the production process. After waiting for the right opportunity, I have finally found a project in which I am truly proud to be involved.
The year is 1983 and Alfred “Freddy” Heineken — grandson to the founder of the famous Heineken brewery — is leading the company to unprecedented success, spurring the brand into a famous name throughout the world. Hoping to take advantage of the family’s great financial success, a miscreant kidnaps Freddy and demands a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders. Freddy is eventually released and the ransom is paid, with 35 million guilders being the largest ever ransom at the time.
This breathtaking drama will be eternalized into a screenplay by Swedish Director, Daniel Alfredson, and will feature stars such as Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess. Production will begin this year, with filming on location in Belgium, Amsterdam and New Orleans. I am proud to announce that I, together with Eric Benner, Darrel Casalino, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal, will be part of the Executive Producer team
This will be one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on, and I’m honored to be a part of it. I hope that all of you are as thrilled as I am to see this production evolve into a masterpiece. Thanks to the incredible people involved, that goal will now become a reality. Keep a lookout for the next movie of the year: “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.”
Read more in a recent Hollywood Reporter article.