As previously reported by the Cinema Management Group, principal photography has now been completed on the supernatural horror thriller Chemical Wedding starring Simon Callow as a re-incarnation of Aleister Crowley, dubbed ‘the most evil man in Britain.’ Picture is being directed by Monty Python veteran second unit director, Julian Doyle, based on an original screenplay by Bruce Dickinson.
Crowley was a major Edwardian figure and a scandalous character. A Cambridge graduate, he became an infamous mystic and occult scholar and although he died in 1947, his books are still in print and he remains a major focus for the occult world, in the film, Crowley’s spirit is re-animated by a superconductor mainframe, transforming the shy and stuttering Professor Haddo (Callow) into the charismatic but sexually depraved Crowley who wreaks havoc with the students and faculty of today’s Cambridge campus. Cast will be rounded out with cameos from Dickinson and other Python regulars. Dickinson and Iron Maiden will be providing the score.
Focus Film’s David Pupkewitz and Malcolm Kohll are producing together with Ben Tilmlett and Justin Peyton of Bill and Ben productions and Duellist Film Production. Executive Producers are Andy Taylor, Paul Astrom-Andres and Peter Dale. Focus Films, known for 51st STATE, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle, recently announced pre-production on Heaven And Earth, to be directed by Academy Award recipient for Best Foreign Language Film, Marleen Gorris.
The film should be released sometime in 2008 with Bruce supervising the soundtrack.