Story tracks explorer and mathematician

BERLIN — German helmer Detlev Buck is set to make Germany’s first major live-action feature in 3D with the adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann’s bestselling historical novel “Measuring the World.”

The story centers on two 19th century German scientists, explorer Alexander von Humboldt and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, both of whom measured the world in very different ways.

While von Humboldt set off to explore the uncharted jungles of South America and the map the Orinoco River, Gauss hardly ever left his hometown of Goettingen, preferring to use the stars, mathematical formulas and deduction to make his discoveries. Thomas Jefferson, Immanuel Kant and Louis Daguerre are among the other historical luminaries that appear in the story.

Buck, who has made such films as “Tough Enough” and “Same Same But Different,” will produce through his Berlin-based shingle Boje Buck Produktion. The project has secured E900,000 ($1.24 million) from regional funder Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Buck is working on the Universal comedy “Rubbeldiekatz,” starring Matthias Schweighoefer, about an unsuccessful actor who is mistakenly cast as a woman in a Hollywood pic.

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