Bernd sees red

Eichinger to film Baader Meinhof plot

Bernd Eichinger is once again putting the cat amongst the pigeons.

After breaking Germany’s Hitler-taboo with “Downfall” and adapting one of the most scandalous novels of the last decade with Competition buzz pic “Elementary Particles,” Germany’s most prolific producer is now working on a German-lingo drama about the Red Army Fraction.

“Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” is based on the bestseller of the same title by Stefan Aust, editor of the periodical “Der Spiegel.” Together Eichinger and Aust are developing the script. 

“It’s a very exciting project and it’s going to be a film of the same scale as ‘Downfall,’ ” Eichinger said.

In fact, the subject matter is likely to ruffle even more feathers than “Downfall.’

As the Constantin topper put it:  “This is a chapter in German history that’s not really been dealt with and a lot of historical facts are only being discovered or disclosed now.”

Eichinger is notorious for taking his time to develop a script. 

“Downfall” was a story he carried in his head for 20 years. 

However, in the case of “Baader Meinhof,” he says they are making very good progress on the script. He intimated they would make the film in the foreseeable future, particularly since it’s one he feels very strongly about.

“But I do need a long gestation period with my projects.  Not always 20 years, but with anything of such an epic nature you can’t just write it off the top of your head,” Eichinger opined.

The script for “Elementary Particles” took almost three years to write and while he didn’t claim any writing credit, Eichinger worked intensely with helmer Oskar Roehler to develop characters and storyline.

The decision to set the story in Germany rather than France, where it takes place in the book, was made, he said, “because when you’re working with multi-faceted characters and you want to get them just right, you can only do that when you really know their cultural background. The only way for us to make this film was to set it in Germany.”

Eichinger’s other pet project, “Perfume,” which is currently in post-production, took more than five years to purchase the film rights from the author.

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