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Constantin Film nabs German comics

Hansrudi Waescher wrote faves 'Sigurd,' 'Tibor,' 'Falk'

BERLIN — Continuing its push into pulp, Constantin Film has acquired film rights to three classic adventure comic book properties from Swiss writer-illustrator Hansrudi Waescher.

The popular titles from the 1950s and 60s include “Sigurd,” a gallant knight who fights injustice; “Tibor,” a young millionaire who crash lands in the jungles of Africa, where he becomes a jungle hero with the help of a gorilla and a couple of monkeys; and “Falk,” another young fearless medieval knight who takes up his sword against evil doers.

The rights allow Constantin the possibility to adapt the series for film or animation, although company has yet to announce plans for either.

An icon of Germany’s comic industry, Waescher was awarded this year’s lifetime achievement award at the Intercomic comic confab in Cologne and picked up another lifetime achievement prize at last year’s comics festival in Munich.

The latest acquisition continues Constantin’s eager embrace of pulp properties. In August, the company secured animation rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan.” The group enjoyed huge success with its recent adaptation of another comic series, “Vicky the Viking,” and is producing a sequel that is due to hit theaters next year.

Constantin also produced such high-profile comic adaptations as 1997’s “Prince Valiant,” starring Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”), Katherine Heigl (“Killers”) and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), as well as Tim Story’s “Fantastic Four” pics (with Fox).

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