It's early days yet, but plans are
being hatched for...
That's right. A Captain Zeppos movie! There are no guarantees, but in January
2008, it was reported that the Flemish production company, MMG, intended to bring Captain Zeppos to the big
screen. If this project receives the green light, it is not expected to be filmed until 2009 or 2010. However, the
first details are now coming to light. At this time, financial backing has yet to be sought, but several possible scenarios
for the movie's storyline have been devised. One thing that is clear even at this early stage is that the
story for the movie is intended to be a completely new one and not a remake of an existing
Captain Zeppos serial.
Out of necessity, all the roles will be recast should the movie get off the ground.
Beyond the considerations of finance, the potential audience and how Captain Zeppos may
have to be changed to be successful in the 21st Century, the biggest hurdle will most likely be getting the public to accept
someone other than the late, great Senne Rouffaer in the central role. Senne created the Captain from the ground up, and
to generations he is the one and only Captain Zeppos. Should the film get the go ahead, it will be interesting to see
who will be cast, and how readily the audience take to him.
MMG was formed in 1981 (as Multimedia Group) by film school graduate Erwin Provoost. Their output to date has included the
Number 1 hit drama series, Flikken (Cops), which now has a back-catalogue of over one hundred episodes, and two series
of Windkracht 10 (Gale Force 10), a search and rescue drama which was successful in both Belgium and the Netherlands.
Their feature film productions have been particularly successful and the company and its subsidiaries can lay claim to having
produced four of the ten highest grossing Flemish language movies ever made, Hector, Koko Flanel, Max
and The Alzheimer Case. In 2005, MMG joined forces with Eyeworks Film & Drama, and together they are recognised as
the largest independent film and television production company in Belgium.
We will report on the progress of this venture whenever we can.