X marks the cartoon spot

Animation shingle to adapt Moers' children books

BERLIN — Berlin-based X Filme, producer of “Good Bye, Lenin!” and “Run Lola, Run,” has launched a joint animation shingle with David Groenewold’s media investment group Promedium Gesellschaft fuer Medienfinanzierung.

Stephen Schesch, former head of the now defunct animation company Ellipse Deutschland, will head the new outfit, Animation X.

Schesch produced a live-action-CGI pic based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” for Teutonic commercial web Sat 1.

Animation X’s first projects will be an adaptation of Walter Moers’ series of children books. Groenewold picked up rights to the bestselling books last year and has been eager to adapt them for the bigscreen.

Groenewold’s Promedium operates the German Film Productions film fund, the only German investment fund that backs solely Teutonic productions. GFP enjoyed a huge success last year with comedy “Der Wixxer”; its latest pic, Helmut Dietl’s “Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe,” hit theaters last week.

GFP’s next major feature is the X Filme-produced “Roter Kakadu,” set in the jazz and rock ‘n’ roll scene of 1961 Dresden and starring up-and-coming thesp Max Riemelt (“Napola”).

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