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German producers plan Pope Benedict XVI biopic

3 December 2012 7:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Two German producers are planning a Pope Benedict XVI biopic. Marcus Mende and Peter Weckert have acquired the rights to Peter Seewald's forthcoming book, reports Reuters. The journalist is the author of three bestselling book-length interviews with the pontiff - two when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Seewald will act as a consultant to the scriptwriter on the adaptation of his next book, which is due for release (more) »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pope Benedict Biopic, Netflix Rival In Mexico And More

1 December 2012 4:52 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

German Producers Plan Pope Benedict Biopic The Odeon Film company said German producers Marcus Mende and Peter Weckert have acquired film rights to an upcoming biography of Pope Bendict XVI by journalist Peter Seewald. The bio is to be published in early 2014, Reuters reported. Seewald, who has signed on as a consultant for the film, previously authored three book-length interviews with Benedict – two as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and one as pope. Benedict’s predecessor Pope John Paul was the subject of a dozen documentary films around the world and two major television movies in the United States. Shekhar Kapur Proceeds With Dystopian ‘Paani’ Oscar-nominated Indian director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has finally secured production financing for his ambitious futuristic tale Paani after teaming up with production studio Yash Raj Films. Kapur introduced the project to investors at Cannes in 2010 but had until now not been able to raise financing for the estimated $30 million project. »


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Pope Benedict Biopic In The Works

30 November 2012 9:32 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

One of the comic books I read quite a few times as a kid was Marvel's Pope John Paul II story. Seriously. Here's a link. For an unlikely comic, it's pretty compelling and traces his life as a young man and priest, his elevation to become Pope, and culminates around the 1981 assassination attempt on his life. Now we're in the age of biopics, there's news reports that German producers are developing a biopic of Pope Benedict XVI after acquiring the rights to an upcoming biography of the Pope by the Bavarian author of three best-selling interview books with the pontiff.Producers Marcus Mende and Peter Weckert have said the film will cover all areas of Joseph Ratzinger's life and work from his birth on Easter night »

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