German star hopes to direct American remake of 'Rabbit'

Til Schweiger could be making his Stateside directorial debut with the U.S. remake of his hit German romantic comedy “Rabbit Without Ears.”

Schweiger and Tom Zickler, his partner at Berlin-based Barefoot Films, sold the remake rights to Newmarket Entertainment last month. While the companies are keeping mum on the details, Schweiger, in an interview on Sky Deutschland’s Sky Lounge entertainment talkshow last week, said he would direct the pic. He added, however, that “we’ll have to wait and see if it actually gets made.”

Schweiger said Ben Affleck would be his top choice for the lead role in the film, which centers on a skirt-chasing tabloid journo whose tenacity in pursuing celebrity news repeatedly lands him in trouble and whose life changes when he meets a children’s day-care manager.

“The American producers would like Ryan Reynolds or Gerard Butler, who I think is great,” Schweiger said but added that his favorite choice would be Affleck.

“We’re still discussing. It really depends on who has time and, most importantly, on who is interested and whether they can be paid.”

Schweiger directed and starred in the 2007 original, which became a huge hit, grossing nearly $55 million in Germany and spawning a sequel that has already become one of the biggest hits of the year with a $40 million cume.For Schweiger, a directing gig in the U.S. could bring the breakthrough that has eluded him as an actor.

Although a superstar in Germany, Schweiger has had only marginal roles in U.S. films.

Most notable as the “good” German in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Schweiger has also appeared in such pics as “King Arthur,” “One Way” and “Already Dead.”

Schweiger said his upcoming projects include a French film as well as a big Russian-German co-production about Stalingrad that will mark the 70th anniversary of the bloodiest battle of WWII.

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