CANNES — Underscoring growing synergies between film and TV drama, Chicago-based distrib Music Box has acquired all U.S. rights to “Generation War” (pictured above) and “The Tower” (Die Turm), two German historical mini-series co-produced and repped by Jan Mojto’s Beta Film, on the eve of MipTV.
WWII-set “Generation War” is a six-part series turning on six German teens whose friendship is put to test during the conflict.
Arentz added “Generation War” will probably play in two-hour blocks and will be released theatrically in major markets.
“ ‘Generation War’ has a theatrical quality and we want it to be treated that way and reviewed seriously.”
Music Box will also sell “The Tower” and “Generation War” in secondary markets — TV, VOD and DVD.
“Anything is possible. ‘Generation War’ might end up on Netflix before we even consider television. Netflix streaming is a wonderful place for series programming to be discovered — it has a viewership that’s intrigued by series,” Arentz said.
It’s the not the first time Music Box has picked up a TV title for the bigscreen. Last year, it nabbed Henning Mankell’s “Wallander,” a Swedish crime drama comprising 13×90-minute episodes.
Leo Barraclough contributed to this report.