Pair prep big-budget mini on Hitler

CANNES–Jan Mojto’s Beta Film and Nico Hofmann’s TeamWorx are partnering on a TV adaptation of Thomas Weber’s controversial Adolf Hitler biography “Hitler’s First War,” rolling off the success of historical minis “Dresden” and “The Tower.”

The big-budget, eight-part drama will be lensed in English with German actors. Project was unveiled at the Mipcom TV mart in Cannes on Monday.

Weber’s book sparked controversy last year after it shed light on Hitler’s time as a soldier in WWI, based on exclusive documents about the regiment in which he served. It opens as WWI begins in 1914 and ends with the German dictator’s death in 1945.

The series will be directed by Niki Stein, whose credits include the upcoming mini “Rommel,” also produced by TeamWorx. Stein and Hark Bohm will co-write the script. “Even with all the previous attempts to shed light on the Third Reich, the war and the genocide, Hitler himself remains mysteriously vapid,” said Weber, who teaches at Aberdeen U. in Scotland and previously taught at Harvard. He will serve as historical adviser for the project.

“Thomas Weber’s detailed, well-founded research allows for a new, critical introspective look into Hitler’s psychological background and his evolution into a malevolent seducer,” said Hofmann. “This seductiveness — which also reached into the bourgeois classes as well — is at the center of this serial concept.

“I think the time is right to create a series on Hitler out of Germany in English for the international audience.”

The production team will also be advised by a pool of historians, including Jonathan Steinberg an expert on recent Jewish history who teaches at the U. of Pennsylvania.

Mojto and Hofmann have collaborated on 30 programs over the past 12 years.

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