Pic based on Todd Strasser novel

BERLIN — Helmer Dennis Gansel is set to direct “Ich knall euch ab!” based on author Todd Strasser’s bestseller “Give a Boy a Gun.”

Pic, set in Germany, follows two troubled and heavily armed students who hold their classmates hostage at a high-school dance and target the jocks and teachers who tormented them.

The book is being adapted by scribe Jan Berger, who penned Gansel’s 2010 vampire thriller “We Are the Night.”

Christian Becker of Munich-based Rat Pack is producing the pic, which is set to shoot in the second quarter of next year. Constantin Film will distribute domestically.

Gansel’s 2008 hit drama, “The Wave,” was based on a Strasser novel.It was also set in a German high school and became a major international hit for Constantin Film. With its exploration of teen violence, “Ich knall euch ab!” is seen as a thematic follow-up to that film.

Gansel recently finished “The Year of the Snake” for UFA Cinema. The political thriller, which stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Kasia Smutniak and Max Riemelt, follows a Berlin tabloid journalist who gets caught up in a web of intrigue and terrorism in Moscow.

Universal is set to release “The Year of the Snake” in Germany later this year.

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