In a compelling new feature film titled “Nuremberg,” Mythology Entertainment in partnership with Sapphire Productions is set to explore the murky psychological depths of infamous WWII criminals. Slated to shoot in Budapest in February 2024, the project has a stellar team behind it, including producer William Sherak and writer/director James Vanderbilt. Notably, the film stars Russell Crowe, who will take on the role of Hermann Göring.
Set in 1945, the story unfolds in an American-run detention center in Luxembourg, where Göring arrives with an intriguing assortment of personal items packed into 16 suitcases: medals, a fortune in cash, and even potassium cyanide capsules hidden in a coffee can. Göring is joined by a cohort of high-ranking Nazis, all of whom are being psychologically evaluated by the ambitious army psychiatrist, Captain Douglas M. Kelley. The film promises to explore Kelley‘s treacherous journey into understanding the minds of these war criminals, with particular focus on his relationship with Göring.
Based on the unique access to Captain Kelley’s previously concealed papers and medical records, the film aims to explore the complex psychological relationship that develops between Kelley and his captors, including Göring. The psychiatrist’s original aim was to find a distinct psychological trait that set these criminals apart from the rest of humanity, but he soon finds himself grappling with a dangerous sense of empathy and understanding towards some of the detainees.
Joining Crowe in this powerhouse cast is yet to be announced, but casting director John Papsidera is actively engaged, under an approved SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement. The film will be shot by Dariusz Wolski, a cinematographer known for his unique visual storytelling.
In a joint venture, Project X Entertainment and Bluestone Entertainmentwill be involved in the production, along with Filmteam, a Budapest-based company. The project also boasts a list of prolific producers, including Richard Saperstein, Annie Saperstein, Brooke Saperstein, Paul Neinstein, István Major, and Beau Turpin.
As the film takes us on a journey to explore the precarious psychological boundaries between evil and empathy, “Nuremberg” promises to be a haunting cinematic experience, challenging our perceptions of morality and human nature.