Josef Rusnak to pen ‘Arijuna’

Story turns on German submariners, native islanders

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.”

Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich.

Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay by Colombian scribe Jorg Hiller (“A Ton of Luck”) and Motivo producer Maja Zimmermann. Barry’s Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller, Zimmermann and Hiller take producer credits.

Fact-based “Arijuna” turns on a German WWII U-boat mission to bomb the Panama Canal. After an attack by an Allied destroyer, five submariners are stranded on an island paradise, meet its Wayuu Indians and, said Rusnak, must decide whether to finish the job or save the lives of an innocent people. “The challenge in writing the screenplay is to turn this historical account into an entertaining film, full of heart, adventure and action,” Rusnak added.

“Arijuna” was originally budgeted at $3 million. Rusnak and Barry Films’ involvement now allows the producers to contemplate a bigger budget, better-known cast and an English-language shoot, Zimmermann said at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival.

Barry can also tap into German DFFF rebates and regional funding. Shooting is skedded for within 12-18 months, she added.

Barry Films’ recent co-production credits include the Samuel Goldwyn-released “The Whistleblower,” with Rachel Weisz; Peruvian standout “Bad Intentions”; and France’s best first-film Cesar winner “When Pigs Have Wings.”

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Josef Rusnak (“The 13th Floor”) is attached to write, with a view to direct, historical thriller “Arijuna.” Originally set up at Germany’s Motivo Films and Colombia’s Tonal Entertainment, “Arijuna” will now be produced by Berlin-based Barry Films, which also has operations in Los Angeles and Zurich. Rusnak will rewrite the original screenplay […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content