Sony books ‘Resturlaub’

Studio gets back to German film production

Sony Pictures is getting back into German feature production with the acquisition of Tommy Jaud’s bestselling second novel, “Resturlaub.”

The Cologne-based Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions, until now a TV production outfit, will produce the film.

Novel, about a German brewery manager who moves across the world to start a life in Argentina, has already sold more than 600,000 copies here and became a red-hot property following the success of “Vollidiot,” his first novel.

Tobi Baumann’s bigscreen adaptation of “Vollidiot,” which starred TV star Oliver Pocher, has become the most successful film of the year for producer-distrib Senator Entertainment.

Jaud, who has also worked as a TV comedy writer, will pen the script, with production set to start next year for a 2009 release via Sony Pictures Releasing.

Sony, which shuttered its German-language production unit Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion in 2003, has remained successful in the local TV market with Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions, producing a wide range of TV skeins, including crime drama “Post Mortem,” sitcom “Ritas Welt” and formats like “The Gong Show” and “Jeopardy.”

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