Pic will be Germany's first 3D live-action movie

“Vicky the Viking” is sailing back into theaters, and this time he’ll be in 3D.

With a box office cume of $41.1 million, “Vicky” was Germany’s most successful pic of 2009.

Producer-distrib Constantin Film said Wednesday that a sequel, tentatively titled “Wickie auf grosser fahrt” (Vicky’s Big Journey), will begin production this summer, and it’s set to become Germany’s first live-action 3D film.

Munich-based Rat Pack, a Constantin subsid, and Constantin will co-produce, with Rat Pack’s Christian Becker again overseeing production.

Christian Ditter is taking over directing duties from Michael Herbig.

“Vicky” is based on the popular children’s book by Swedish author Runer Jonsson.It has benefited from massive recognition and a strong nostalgia factor thanks to a 1970s TV toon series. The pic was a hit in Austria and Switzerland, where it drew some 900,000 admissions combined. “Vicky” attracted nearly half a million moviegoers in Spain, becoming one of the most successful German films ever in the country.

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