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'Pope Joan' loses Schlondorff's blessing

24 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Constantin Film has parted ways with director Volker Schlondorff on its adaptation of Donna Cross' best-seller Pope Joan, the company said Monday.

Constantin dropped Schlondorff after the Oscar-winning helmer of The Tin Drum publicly criticized the company's plan to produce two versions of Joan -- a feature-length film and a two-part miniseries for television.

Constantin used this strategy with Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall, which was a worldwide boxoffice hit and, in its television incarnation, a ratings success for German public broadcaster ARD.

But in an article for German daily the Suedeutsche Zeitung, Schlondorff attacked the plan, calling it an unacceptable restriction of his artistic freedom.

"The article was extremely unhelpful in our getting this project off the ground," Constantin Film production head Martin Moszkowicz said in an interview. "(So) we canceled our cooperation with Volker (Schlondorff)."

Moszkowicz said that producing both a film and TV version is the only way Constantin can successfully finance certain "big-budget" projects like Downfall or Pope Joan.

Constantin will be using the same strategy for two upcoming productions -- Uli Edel's 1970s terrorist drama Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex and the World War II period piece Anonyma, which Max Faberbock (Aimee and Jaguar) will direct. »

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