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12 items from 2017


Wolfgang Petersen's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals

23 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.

Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Turkey (Sinema TV), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).

The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.

The crime comedy stars Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany.

Meanwhile, Picture Tree’s Welcome To Germany has gone to Twelve Oaks (Spain), Turkey (Sinema TV), China (Hua Shi), Japan (Cetera), Eastern Europe (HBO) and Poland (Tvp).

Italy’s Draka has bought Tiger Girl and biopic [link=tt »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing

19 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While German-language films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are scant in number, German talent and market titles nevertheless offer a glimpse of current and upcoming productions, ranging in subject matter from prehistoric adventure and Nazi-era intrigue to modern day terrorism and romance in the face of sorrow.

This year’s crop of local productions follows a standout year for German films, which not only made an impressive showing on the international festival circuit but also at both the domestic and international box office. Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” a bittersweet comedy about an aging father trying to reconnect with his distant, workaholic daughter, enjoyed a stellar year, winning a slew of international prizes, including five European Film Awards, sweeping this year’s German Film Awards, and leading to Ade’s selection for this year’s Cannes competition jury.

Domestically, the refugee crisis was the focus of »

- Ed Meza

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Picture Tree pick up Swedish family film 'Monky', release first English trailer

3 May 2017 4:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pti handling international distribution on Maria Blom project.

Picture Tree International (Pti) has picked up Swedish family film Monky, from prolific director Maria Blom (Nina Frisk, Dalecarlians).

Berlin-based Pti will handle international distribution on the project and have also released the first English language trailer.

Watch below or on mobile Here.

The film is produced by Patrick Ryborn for Unlimited Stories, in co-production with the Chimney Group’s Swedish and German branch, Film i Väst, Nouvago Capital and Svt, with the support from Swedish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Monky is set for a wide Swedish Christmas release at the end of this year through Nordisk Film.

Pti will launch sales on Monky at the upcoming Cannes film market. Other new titles in their lineup includes Wolfgang Petersen’s Four Against The Bank and Julian Pölsler’s Killing Stella.

Monky tells the story of Frank, 11, and his friendship with a mysterious gibbon ape that »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Picture Tree pick up Swedish family film 'Monky', release first trailer

3 May 2017 4:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pti handling international distribution on Maria Blom project.

Picture Tree International (Pti) has picked up Swedish family film Monky from prolific director Maria Blom (Nina Frisk, Dalecarlians).

Berlin-based Pti will handle international distribution on the project and have also released the first English language trailer.

Watch below or on mobile Here.

The film is produced by Patrick Ryborn for Unlimited Stories, in co-production with the Chimney Group’s Swedish and German branch, Film i Väst, Nouvago Capital and Svt, with the support from Swedish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Monky is set for a wide Swedish Christmas release at the end of this year through Nordisk Film.

Pti will launch sales on Monky at the upcoming Cannes film market. Other new titles in their lineup includes Wolfgang Petersen’s Four Against The Bank and Julian Pölsler’s Killing Stella.

Monky tells the story of Frank, 11, and his friendship with a mysterious gibbon ape that »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun

26 April 2017 5:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Verhoeven’s next project will be “Blessed Virgin,” which will see the director re-team with producer Said Ben Said and actress Virginie Efira from “Elle” on a film about a lesbian nun.

The new French-language project was revealed late Tuesday night in a tweet by Said and confirmed by production company Sbs on Wednesday.

In “Blessed Virgin,” Belgian actress Efira, who had a key role in “Elle,” will play a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.

The film is based on a 1986 book by Judith C. Brown, “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.” Based on candid archival documents, “Immodest Acts” tells the true account of the rise and fall of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of the Convent of »

- Robert Mitchell

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Picture Tree Takes Sales on Oscar Nominee Wolfgang Petersen’s New Film (Exclusive)

20 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s Picture Tree International has picked up international sales for Wolfgang Petersen’s “Four Against the Bank” and Julian Poelsler’s “Killing Stella.” Picture Tree will debut the titles to international buyers at the Cannes Film Market in May.

“Four Against the Bank” marks Petersen’s (pictured, on the set) return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2006’s “Poseidon.” It is also his first purely German film production since his international breakout hit with 1981’s “Das Boot,” which saw him nominated for an Academy Award for best director.

The crime comedy stars Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael “Bully” Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany and »

- Robert Mitchell

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Critic's Notebook: Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Could Do It All

12 April 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It says nearly everything you need to know about a cinematographer when the top directors in the world want to work with him again and again and again. So it was with Michael Ballhaus, who was supremely capable, infinitely adaptable, agreeable to work with and flexible enough to repeatedly have Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Barry Levinson, James L. Brooks, Robert Redford and Wolfgang Petersen calling him to shoot their films.

Ballhaus, who died Tuesday at 81 a decade after having retired and returned to his native Germany in the wake of his first wife's death, »

- Todd McCarthy

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'Das Boot' sequel finds director

23 February 2017 7:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The $28.5m TV series is being developed by Sky Germany with other partners.

The forthcoming sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s classic submarine drama Das Boot has found its director.

Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) has boarded the project, which will be an eight x 60’ television series and is scheduled to begin production in mid-2017.

The $28.5m production is being made by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment.

Set in the immediate aftermath of the original Das Boot (and the novel on which it was based), the series will expand on the concept of the original, depicting not just the German U-boat perspective but also encompassing the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea.

The programme will be first broadcast in 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.

Lead writers are Tony Saint (The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (The Tunnel).

Oliver Vogel and Moritz Polter are executive producing »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'The Dark Valley' Director to Helm 'Das Boot' Sequel

23 February 2017 2:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Andreas Prochaska, the director of Bavarian Western The Dark Valley, is taking the helm of new TV series Das Boot, a sequel to the groundbreaking anti-war drama from 1981.

Austria-born Prochaska is a rising star on the German scene. His TV movie A Day for a Miracle won the International Emmy in 2013, and The Dark Valley, a Western set in the Alps starring Sam Riley, was the big winner of the 2014 German film awards, taking eight trophies.

The Das Boot sequel is set after the events of Wolfgang Petersen's film (and miniseries) about a German U-Boot crew in »

- Scott Roxborough

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Can Matt Reeves Save Batman & The DC Universe?

13 February 2017 12:10 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You’d think that getting a movie about Batman into production would be the easiest thing in the world. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939, the billionaire who dresses up as a rodent to fight crime has consistently been one of the most famous characters in pop culture, across multiple mediums and incarnations. And cinematically speaking, he probably still stands as the most consistently popular superhero.

But despite all of that, history is littered with unmade or what-if Batman movies — a third Joel Schumacher film, Darren Aronofsky’s “Year One,” an aborted early battle with Superman that Wolfgang Petersen would have directed.

Continue reading Can Matt Reeves Save Batman & The DC Universe? at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Batman at the Movies – The Films That Never Were

10 February 2017 6:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on the Batman films that never were…

One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.

Batman vs Superman

“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »

- Tony Black

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'Vier gegen die Bank': Film Review

4 January 2017 11:44 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Forty years ago, Wolfgang Petersen was a successful, 35-year-old TV director back in Germany, who had just made the heist film Vier gegen die Bank (Four Against the Bank), based on the novel The Nixon Recession Caper by Ralph Maloney. Petersen’s two Oscar nominations, for writing and directing his magnum opus, Das Boot, were still several years away, not to mention titles such as The Neverending Story; In the Line of Fire; the movie that launched the career of compatriot Diane KrugerTroy; and two further films featuring boats in peril, the George Clooney vehicle The Perfect Storm and his last »

- Boyd van Hoeij

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