Set visit for "I've Never Been to New York" at MMC Studios

Director Philipp Stölzl is currently filming the musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York" at MMC Studios. Yesterday, for the first time, there was the opportunity to visit the set of the musical adaptation in Cologne: Numerous journalists and press representatives from all over Germany took the chance and came to MMC Studios.

Besides the actors Heike Makatsch, Moritz Bleibtreu, Katharina Thalbach, Michael Ostrowski, Marlon Schramm, Mat shoe, director Philipp Stölzl and screenwriter Alexander Dydyna were also the producers Sebastian Werninger (Managing Director UFA FICTION) and Nico Hofmann (CEO UFA), Christoph miller (Managing Director Mythos Film), Co-Producer Klaus Graf (Managing Director Graf Film), Petra miller (Managing Director Film- und Medienstiftung NRW) and Paul Steinschulte (Managing Director Universal Pictures) on site.

As a special guest the film production Armin Laschet, Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia.

I have never been to New York press conference
f.l.t.r. Sebastian Werninger (UFA FICTION), Nico Hofmann (UFA), Armin Laschet (Minister President NRW), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), Philip Borbély (MMC Studios). © UFA Fiction / Ziegler Film / Willi Weber

The Photo Call took place on the Sun deck of the cruise ship "MS Maximiliane which was organized, among others, by the MMC Equipment in the 2,000 sqm large and 26 m high MMC Studio 53 had been built.

After the Press conferenceDuring the presentation of the background of the lavish musical adaptation, the journalists were able to see the Film team during shooting in the MMC Studio 41 watch. Here, where part of the interior of the "MS Maximiliane" was set up, director Philipp Stölzl was staging a scene with Katharina Thalbach and Michael Ostrowski.

In total, "I've Never Been to New York" is being filmed at four MMC studiosso that all the rooms on the cruise ship - from the deck to the staterooms and cabins to the dance hall - can be shown and played. Sets such as an apartment or a hospital room are also built and shot in the studio.

Photo: Hans-Jörg Seibold
The set of the MS Maximiliane at MMC Studio 53 © Hans-Jörg Seibold

Ich war noch niemals in New York" is a UFA FICTION, ZIEGLER FILM (producer Regina Ziegler), MYTHOS FILM, GRAF FILM and UNIVERSAL PICTURES PRODUCTIONS production.

The screenplay for I'VE NEVER BEEN IN NEW YORK was written by Alexander Dydyna, script co-writer is Philipp Stölzl, for the script collaboration draws Jan Berger responsible for the script Polishing Karsten Dusse.

The director is Philipp Stölzl, for the camera draws Thomas W. Kiennast responsible.

Producers of I'VE NEVER BEEN TO NEW YORK are Regina Ziegler (Ziegler Film), Sebastian Werninger and Nico Hofmann (UFA FICTION) and Christoph miller (Mythos Film), co-producers are Klaus Graf (Graf Film), Freddy Burger and Universal Pictures Productions.

Promoted "I've Never Been to New York" by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MFG Filmförderung, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt and the German Federal Film Fund.

Shooting since the end of April among others in the Cologne MMC Studios, Berlin, Brandenburg and Sofia.

"I've Never Been to New York," based on the hit Stage Entertainment musical, will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Universal Pictures International Germany. The theatrical release is planned for fall 2019.

About the content:
For Lisa Wartberg (Heike Makatsch), a TV presenter who is spoiled for success and single, her show comes first. But then her mother Maria (Katharina Thalbach) loses her memory after an accident, is hospitalized and can only remember one thing: she has never been to New York! On short notice, Maria flees and smuggles herself aboard a luxurious cruise ship as a stowaway.

Together with her make-up artist Fred (Michael Ostrowski), Lisa sets off in search of her mother and actually tracks her down on the "MS Maximiliane". But before they can get Maria off the ship, the ocean liner sets sail and the three find themselves on an involuntary journey across the Atlantic.

Lisa meets Axel Staudach (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his son Florian (Marlon Schramm) on board. Axel is not Lisa's type at all, but through a series of unfortunate mishaps the two eventually become closer... Mother Maria meets one-dancer Otto (Uwe Ochsenknecht), who claims to have a common past with her - which Maria, of course, cannot verify due to her lack of memory. And Fred falls head over heels in love with the Greek on-board magician Costa (Pasquale Aleardi).

So goes the turbulent ship voyage - with finding and losing love several times and lots of surprises - to New York.

See here a contribution from RTL WEST (6 p.m. on RTL) for a press event on the set at MMC Studios: NRW CAN CINEMA!

"Ich war noch niemals in New York" - on the deck of the "MS Maximiliane": back from left to right: screenwriter Alexander Dydyna, producer Christoph Müller (CEO Mythos Film), Philip Borbély (CEO MMC Studios), producer Sebastian Werninger (CEO UFA FICTION), NRW Minister President Armin Laschet, producer Nico Hofmann (CEO UFA), Petra Müller (CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), co-producer Klaus Graf (CEO Graf Film). Front from left to right: Thomas W. Kiennast (Director of Photography), director Philipp Stölzl, Mat Schuh, Michael Ostrowski, Heike Makatsch, Katharina Thalbach, Marlon Schramm, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Paul Steinschulte (General Manager Universal Pictures International Germany). © MMC Studios / Frank W. Hempel