Film would tell of Natascha Kampusch's abduction
Bernd Eichinger is set to produce a film based on the story of Natascha Kampusch, the 22-year-old Austrian kidnap victim who spent more than eight years in a windowless underground cell in Vienna.
Kampusch was abducted in 1998 at the age of 10 while she was walking to school. In 2006 she managed to escape her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, bolting to freedom while he was on the phone. Priklopil killed himself soon after her escape by leaping in front of a train.
Eichinger will produce the pic for Constantin Film and develop the script with journalist Peter Reichard, who interviewed Kampusch over a period of three months for a documentary for pubcaster ARD. The film is set to shoot in 2011 and will be released by Constantin in 2012.
“I very much appreciate that Natascha Kampusch has entrusted us to film her story,” said Eichinger.
Nico Hofmann, whose Berlin shingle TeamWorx has produced some of Germany’s most successful TV movies, had also been vying for the rights to the story.
Kampusch’s escape set off a storm of media coverage and triggered a political scandal that rocked the Austrian government after revelations of startling police incompetence and a ministerial cover-up in the case.
One of Germany’s most prolific and successful filmmakers, Eichinger produced “The Baader Meinhof Complex” and “Downfall.”