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Christian Becker Rides West with ‘Winnetou’ TV Drama

Christian Becker Rides West with ‘Winnetou’ TV Drama
Leading German producer Christian Becker (“The Wave,” “Suck Me Shakespeer”) is to adapt Karl May’s stories about Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand for television. Beta Film is co-financing and handling world sales on the miniseries, which has the working title “Winnetou.”

Director Phillip Stoelzl (“North Face,” “The Physician”) has started shooting the three-part drama in Croatia for Germany’s Rtl.

The books of May’s Winnetou Western cycle are the most successful German adventure series ever. They have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. The success of the books were cemented by the 1960s Winnetou feature film cycle. May, an adventure writer working around 1900, never actually visited the American West.

In the new TV series, the friendship of hero Old Shatterhand and of the Apache chief Winnetou is given a modern-day treatment as an emotionally moving adventure in the American West. The scriptwriters are Jan Berger (“The Physician”) and Alexander M.
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You've been Djangoed! Ten Spaghetti Cowboys that shaped the genre

Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.

Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!

What made the spaghettis
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Constantin Rebooting "Winnetou" Westerns

Constantin Film is planning to revive Karl May's "Winnetou" series of westerns with Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves" scribe Michael Blake to pen the script adaptation says The Hollywood Reporter.

Nearly a dozen Winnetou films were made in Germany in the 60's with French actor Pierre Brice as the titular Apache chief and American Lex Barker as his friend and blood brother Old Shatterhand.

Like 'Wolves', his paints native Americans as the heroes and white settlers mainly as villains. Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz will produce.
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Constantin Rebooting "Winnetou" Westerns

Constantin Film is planning to revive Karl May's "Winnetou" series of westerns with Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves" scribe Michael Blake to pen the script adaptation says The Hollywood Reporter.

Nearly a dozen Winnetou films were made in Germany in the 60's with French actor Pierre Brice as the titular Apache chief and American Lex Barker as his friend and blood brother Old Shatterhand.

Like 'Wolves', his paints native Americans as the heroes and white settlers mainly as villains. Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz will produce.
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Winnetou Western Series to get Film Adaptation from Dances with Wolves Screenwriter

Dances with Wolves screenwriter Michael Blake has been hired to script the adaptation of German author Karl May's western book series Winnetou. This wouldn't be the first time the book series was adapted into feature film form. There were nearly a dozen western genre films that were made from 1962-1968. The film's starred French actor Pierre Brice as the Apache chief and American Lex Barker as his friend and blood brother Old Shatterhand

Winnetou is a fictional story that is told in the first-person by the narrator Old Shatterhand who encounters Apache chief, Winnetou, "and after initial dramatic events, a true friendship between Old Shatterhand and Winnetou arises; on many occasions they give proof of great fighting skill but also of compassion for other human beings. It portrays a belief in an innate "goodness" of mankind, albeit constantly threatened by ill-intentioned enemies.

Non-dogmatic Christian feelings and values play an important role,
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