Teuton shingle set to adapt Follett

Net teaming up on the project with Constantin, ZDF

COLOGNE — German shingle Network Movies has picked up adaptation rights to the novels of British writer Ken Follett, which it will develop as a series of English-language TV movies.

Network is teaming up on the project with Constantin Television and pubcaster ZDF, which will handle international sales through ZDF Enterprises.

The first pic to shoot will be an adaptation of the global hit “The Pillars of the Earth,” a saga about the rise and fall of a banking family in the 19th century. Also in the scripting phase is the current bestseller “Whiteout,” about viruses stolen from a laboratory.

Producers are Kerstin Schmidbauer and Robin von der Leyen for Constantin Television and Reinhold Elschot and Peter Nadermann for Network Movie.

“We are particularly proud of the confidence Ken Follett is placing in us,” said Network’s CEO, Elschot.

Translated into 30 languages, Follett’s books have sold some 90 million copies worldwide, 15 million of that in Germany.

Constantin Television was established in January as a unit of Munich-based Constantin Film.

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