ABOUT

RED SUN FILMS was founded in 2014 by award-winning German director and writer RAINER MATSUTANI.

The main focus is the development of high-quality fictional content for TV series. However, international theatrical features and event productions for television are also part of the portfolio.

SPIDES

Now available on Amazon Prime Video in Germany!

SPIDES

Our SciFi Series SPIDES has been sold to more than 120 countries
It can be viewed worldwide on the SYFY Channels and on SKY in selected countries, at Crackle in the USA and on Amazon Prime Video in Germany and France.

 

  • Showrunner: RAINER MATSUTANI
  • Cast: ROSABELL LAURENTI SELLERS, FALK HENTSCHEL, FLORENCE KASUMBA, DÉSIRÉE NOSBUSCH, FRANCIS FULTON-SMITH
  • Writers: RAINER MATSUTANI, MARK WACHHOLZ, ECKHARD VOLLMAR, CAROLA LOWITZ, PETER HUME, FABIAN MARQUEZ
  • Producer: ALEXANDER KIENING
  • Partner: KATAPULT FILM

  • Co-Production: NBC UNIVERSAL, NEVISION

  • World Sales: PALATIN MEDIA GMBH

  • Status: released 2020 (worldwide)
  • Press releases: VARIETY, Blickpunkt Film
  • https://www.syfy.de/spides/

“Spides has driven over one million streams in less than two weeks on the free streaming platform making it the number one scripted series on Crackle.“

[wallstreet-online.de & globe-newswire.com]  


“Spides is on track to be the most successful scripted series in Crackle’s history.“

[wallstreet-online.de & globe-newswire.com]


“The series has truly taken Crackle by storm since it launched two weeks ago.“

[Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus]


“Spides is said to have had more than 1.5 million viewers there (in Great Britain).“

[blickpunkt:Film, Germany]


“Great storytelling, fantastic performances, and an inspiring journey that follows the show's lead,

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, overcoming enormous challenges in heroic fashion.“

[Richard De Croce, senior vice president of

programming for Crackle]


“Spides celebrates success abroad“

[blickpunkt:Film, Germany]


“We hope you're comfortable on the edge of your seat, because you're in for a wild ride!“

[thefutoncritic.com, USA]

“Spides could play a part in changing

other perceptions.“

[The SFX Magazine, UK]

 

“Perhaps one day you’ll be able to reel off your five favourite German sci-fi shows without hesitation?“

[The SFX Magazine, UK]

 

“Spides ... proves once again that German filmmakers are also able to combine science fiction and mystery elements in an appealing way while telling an exciting story apart from the typical standard crime thriller.“

[Reinhard Prahl, Quotenmeter.de]

 

“Top cast. Top performance.“

[spiesser.de]

 

“Spides fires the imagination and sends shivers down your spine: finally a real German sci-fi series

that is addictive.“

[blickpunkt:Film]

 

“Like a mixture of German and American television“ [tittelbach.tv]

IN DEVELOPEMENT

HAMELN

Modern TV horror series based on the legend "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

 

  • Showrunner: RAINER MATSUTANI
  • Development: RAINER MATSUTANI, SANDRO LANG

  • Producer: ALEXANDER KIENING

  • Partner: KATAPULT FILM, DON'T PANIC PRODUCTIONS

  • Status: in development with ZDFneo

INTO THE REICH

SciFi-Conspiracy-Thriller series

 

  • Writers: RAINER MATSUTANI, ECKHARD VOLLMAR
  • Status: script

     

IDENTITÀ

German-Italian TV-Mafia-Drama series


  • Showrunner: RAINER MATSUTANI
  • Development: RAINER MATSUTANI, SANDRO LANG
  • Producer: ALEXANDER KIENING
  • Partner: KATAPULT FILM, DON'T PANIC PRODUCTIONS
  • Status: pitch

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THE LEGACY OF MR. TAKAHARA

Feature film

 

  • Writers: RAINER MATSUTANI,
    DETLEF BOTHE
  • Status: script

RAINER MATSUTANI

RAINER MATSUTANI is one of Germany’s most ­successful film and TV directors. Rainer ­directed his first feature film OVER MY DEAD BODY, a campy fantasy comedy, in 1995, while he was still in film school. The film went on to win numerous awards at festivals, and achieved cult status among fans.


In 1996, he filmed an episode of the science-fiction mini-series LEXX – THE DARK ZONE (Episode: EATING PATTERN) for US Pay TV channel SHOWTIME. Rainer stayed true to the genre of fantasy films by directing THE ELEVATOR – SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER (1997/RTL) and FIREWALKER – CURSE OF THE VOLCANO (1998/ProSieben). Afterwards, he directed Germany’s first martial arts TV movie ULTIMATE FIGHTER (1999, ­ProSieben). His suspense thriller TRICKED (Sat1) became the most successful TV movie of 2000. He scored a theatrical hit with ­another fantasy comedy: 666 – SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL. Between 2003 and 2005, with the thriller-­trilogy THE VOICES, UNFAITHFUL and ONCE YOU WERE SILENT, he created one of the biggest rating hits for RTL. The two Tatort episodes THE ETERNAL EVIL and LETHAL COVER round out his body of work in the thriller genre. 


These projects were followed by large event films for television, with RAGING INFERNO  (2007/ProSieben), THE FINAL PROCLAMATION (2008/RTL), FACTOR 8 (2009/Pro­Sieben) and WILD LAND (2013/Sat1). In between, ­Matsutani worked in the theatrical field again, with GANGS (2009) and 205 – ROOM OF FEAR (2012).


As a regular director on the crime series SOKO STUTTGART (ZDF) since 2010 and DR. KLEIN since 2014, he has gained a wealth of experience in the field of episodic television. From 1994 to 2004 he was a co-owner and pro­ducer

at Engram Pictures, which has since merged with Constantin Film. On ­almost all of his projects, Matsutani was also writer or co-writer. 


​​​​​​​Rainer Matsutani served as creator, showrunner and director for the international sci-fi series SPIDES  (2020/NBC Universal).

FABIAN MARQUEZ

FABIAN MARQUEZ has 18 years of experience creating both narrative and scripted content. Currently, he is a writer / producer on the upcoming NBCUniversal series SPIDES (SyFy). Previously, he was in development on the television adaptation of the international best-selling series THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER for director Wolfgang Petersen and Radiant Pictures. He has also written adaptations of THE TENTH JUSTICE (for Fox 2000) and OLD BOY (for Universal Pictures). Previous credits include BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (Paramount Pictures, MTV Films), and the Academy Award-nominated short film, JOHNNY FLYNTON (directed by Lexi Alexander). 
 

His background also includes extensive experience in feature post production, on staff at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks Pictures. And when he's not writing, Fabian directs branded content for Fortune 50 companies, such as IBM. 

 
























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