Yellow Bird flies to Elser pic

Breinersdorfer duo pen script about German hero

Yellow Bird Pictures, the Munich subsidiary of Scandinavian film group Yellow Bird, is heading to Nazi-era Germany for a feature about Johann Georg Elser, a carpenter who tried to blow up Adolf Hitler in 1939.

Yellow Bird is partnering with Delphi Medien, with the latter’s father-daughter team of Fred and Leonie-Claire Breinersdorfer co-writing the script. Fred Breinersdorfer penned 2005’s “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” another film about ill-fated German resistance fighters.

Elser concealed a bomb in a vast beer hall that had become the gathering place of the nascent Nazi Party where Hitler frequently spoke. The explosion killed eight people, but Hitler escaped unharmed after leaving earlier than expected.

Elser was executed at the Dachau concentration camp shortly before the end of the war.

The pic will examine the life of the blue-collar worker, which contrasted sharply with that of Germany’s other resistance fighters, such as the students involved in the White Rose movement (portrayed in “Sophie Scholl”) and the aristocratic Claus von Stauffenberg, whose own attempt at assassinating Hitler was chronicled in Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie” with Tom Cruise.

Helmed by Torsten C. Fischer, the film will be partially based on Gestapo transcripts from Elser’s interrogation.

The as-yet-untitled film is produced by Fred Breinersdorfer and Yellow Bird’s Oliver Schuendler and Boris Ausserer in association with pubcasters SWR and ARTE and set to shoot in 2012.Yellow Bird’s most recent German productions includes the made-for-TV two-parter “Der Chinese,” an adaptation of the novel “The Man From Beijing,” by Swedish scribe Henning Mankell (one of the original founders of Yellow Bird’s Swedish parent).

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