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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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