The Master and Margarita - Stone Village Productions

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Sergey Shilovsky, the grandson of Elena Sergeevna Shilovskaya, the third wife of Mikhail Bulgakov, has signed a contract to grant the film rights for The Master and Margarita to the American production company Stone Village Pictures.

Since many years already, Shilovsky claims to be the heir of the writer. It is because of his actions, for example, that the film of Yuri Kara from 1994 was only released in April 2011. As he said, Shilovsky wants to ensure that the screen adaptations of The Master and Margarita «are fully in line with the original, not like some interpretations of Bulgakov». In practice, however, it rather seems the amount of the royalties he receives which «must be fully in line with his expectations». Apparently the offer of Stone Village Pictures is in line with Shilovsky's expectations, since he said that, after signing this contract, it will not be allowed, «in any country, to make another film adaptation of The Master and Margarita in the next ten years».

Anyway, the contract is signed, and producer Scott Steindorff, the producer of Stone Village Productions, had planned to start the shootings in the fall of 2011. «It is a big budget movie and I have lined up financing so it will be a reality», Steindorff confirmed to us on June 8, 2011. However, nothing happened yet so far.

Many names of possible directors and actors have already been mentioned, especially in the Russian press, but the only name which can be confirmed right now, is Caroline Thompson (The Addams Family, Edward Scissorhands, Black Beauty), who is working on the script.

On August 21, 2011, Nikolai Novichkov, Minister of Culture in Perm, told to reporters that Stone Village Productions offered to shoot the planned film adaptation of The Master and Margarita in Perm. The Americans need to discuss the proposal further with the Governor of the Perm Region Oleg Chirkunov. Stone Village Productions would like to get a partial funding from the Perm regional budget.

The last news we heard from Stone Village Pictures was in the Summer of 2014, when Scott Steindorff told us that, as a result of the strained political relations, he could no longer consider shooting in Russia. It means that the shootings should take place in studios, for which he had to find new budgets.

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