Boyle and Thomas Climbing Ponte Tower


Thriller Ponte Tower, a planned co-production project between the UK and South Africa, is in the first stage of development with Lottery funding from the UK Film Council’s Development Fund.

Loosely developed from the book by German novelist Norman Ohler and shot entirely within the infamous Ponte Tower, UK director Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) and writer Michael Thomas (The Hunger, Scandal, Backbeat) are developing an uncompromising thriller set beneath the largest illuminated Coca-Cola sign in the world.

The tallest skyscraper on the continent, initially symbolising white affluence, Ponte Tower came to represent change and upheaval in South Africa, known by the end of apartheid as one of the most dangerous addresses in the world.

Gina Carter (producer on Heartlands, Bright Young Things, Snow Cake, co-producer on 24 Hour Party People) is producer on the project, along with Frank Kunster. The project is being developed on a step-by-step basis.