Wachowski-produced ‘V’ taps Teuton coin

Pic to be shot at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam

COLOGNE –Wachowski brothers sci-fier “V for Vendetta” has been awarded e635,000 ($818,000) in production support by German film funding body Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg.

The siblings have penned the script from Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name and will produce with Joel Silver for Warner Bros.

The Wachowskis’ longtime first assistant director James McTeigue will make his helming debut on the pic, which will star Natalie Portman. Film will be shot at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, outside Berlin.

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg in January allocated $8.8 million for 40 projects, of which 18 have started production.

Paul Verhoeven got $1 million for his first Dutch-lingo pic in a while, WWII drama “Black Book,” produced by Jens Meurer. Similar amounts went to actress Maria Schrader for her directorial debut, “Liebesleben,” and to comedy helmer Detlev Buck for his social drama “Knallhart.”

Kidpics in the money include Florian Baxmeier’s “Die drei detektive,” Bernd Sombogaart’s crusade adventure movie “Kreuzzug in Jeans” and the animated “Dodo.”

Uli Gaulke’s docu “Celluloid Dreams,” about projectionists in various parts of the world between North Korea and Wyoming, snatched a six-figure amount.

The largest single amount went to a TV production, “Die luftbruecke,” about the Berlin airlift of 1949. Pic, produced by Teamworks and helmed by Dror Zahavi, received $2.3 million.

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