Bavaria Plans Remake of Wolfgang Petersen’s ‘Das Boot’

Bavaria Plans Remake of Wolfgang Petersen's
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LONDON — German studio Bavaria Film is planning to remake Wolfgang Petersen’s 1982 classic “Das Boot,” according to German trade magazine Blickpunkt.

The World War II German U-boat drama, which starred Juergen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, was nominated for six Academy Awards. It was later aired on television as a six-part miniseries.

Christian Franckenstein, Bavaria’s co-CEO, told Blickpunkt that the company would also be looking to remake other titles in its library, including 1960s science fiction TV series “Raumpatrouille Orion” (Space Patrol).

In his Blickpunkt interview, Franckenstein also spoke about a change of emphasis for the movie production side of Bavaria. After cost over-runs on Dominik Graf’s costume drama “Beloved Sisters,” which played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and was Germany’s Oscar entry, and a box-office flop on another bigger-budget historical drama “Ludwig II,” more attention will now be on a movie’s potential profitability.

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