Constantin hatches ‘ Wild Chicks’

Film based on Funke's bestselling book series

BERLIN — Constantin Film is producing “Die Wilden Huehner und das Leben” (The Wild Chicks and Life), the third installment in its hugely popular “Wild Chicks” franchise.

Pic is based on the book series by bestselling author Cornelia Funke about a group of adolescent girls’ trials and tribulations while growing up and experiencing first love.

The previous films, 2006’s “The Wild Chicks” and last year’s “The Wild Chicks in Love,” pulled in a combined $16.4 million at the domestic box office, making them among the most successful local films of the past two years.

Constantin is producing with Uschi Reich, Bavaria Filmverleih und Prods., Peter Zenk and pubcaster ZDF from a script by Reich, Thomas Schmid and director Vivian Naefe, who worked in close liaison with Funke.

Pic stars Veronica Ferres, Benno Fuermann, Jessica Schwarz and Michelle von Treuberg.

Principal photography is set to start in North Rhine-Westphalia in June for an early 2009 release.

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