Germany to make ‘Tom Sawyer’ film

Huntgeburth to shoot adaptation of Mark Twain classic

German helmer Hermine Huntgeburth (“The White Masai”) is set to shoot an all-German adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Produced by Boris Schoenfelder’s Berlin-based Neue Schoenhauser Filmproduktion, the pic begins shooting in the coming weeks in Germany and Romania, which will stand in for the rural Mississippi River countryside.

Local thesps Benno Fuermann and Heike Makatsch will star as Injun Joe and Aunt Polly, respectively. Tom has yet to be announced.

Co-producing and releasing the pic domestically is Benjamin Herrmann’s Berlin-based Majestic. Schoenfelder and Herrmann previously teamed on “North Face,” Philipp Stoelzl’s 2008 hit mountain-climbing drama.

Also on board are Beta Film, which is handling world sales, and public broadcasters ARD/Degeto, BR, NDR and Arte. The production secured financing from the German Federal Film Fund as well as federal and regional subsidies from across the country.

“Tom Sawyer” is the latest of a growing number of German adaptations of classic American literature and follows two recent German productions of Jack London’s “The Sea Wolf” (one from pubcaster ZDF, the other from commercial web ProSieben) as well as RTL’s upcoming “Moby Dick.”

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