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Caine ties knot on ‘Last Love’

Sandra Nettelbeck will helm lit adaptation

Michael Caine is set to topline “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” Sandra Nettelbeck’s dramedy based on Francoise Dorner’s French novel “La Douceur assassine.”

The story revolves around a retired and widowed American philosophy professor in Paris whose life is changed when he meets a much younger woman, and a special relationship develops between the two.

Frank Kaminski and Ulrich Stiehm’s Berlin-based Kaminski Stiehm Film, Bavaria Pictures in Munich and Elzevir Films in Paris are producing the film, which is set to begin shooting in August in Paris and Cologne. Budgeted at €6 million ($8.2 million), the production is expected to land German subsidy coin. Berlin-based Senator Film will release the film domestically next year.

Before heading off to France, Caine will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises,” which is set to shoot this spring.

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“Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” is Nettelbeck’s first feature since 2009’s “Helen” but will be closer in tone to her 2001 breakout hit, “Mostly Martha.”

Nettelbeck also penned the script for “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” changing the book’s French protagonist Monsieur Armand to the American Mr. Morgan.

The film is Kaminski Stiehm’s first foray into English-language features.

Bavaria Film Intl. is handling worldwide sales and will present it at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Pic is the latest project from Bavaria Pictures, which has been beefing up its domestic and international production activities.

The company also co-produced Russian helmer Alexander Mindadze’s Berlinale competition screener “Innocent Saturday,” about a group of friends and bandmates unable to flee the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, as well as Ian Fitzgibbon’s upcoming English-language “Superhero,” starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie Sangster, and Edoardo De Angelis’ Italian comedy “Mozzarella Stories.”

Bavaria Film Intl. is also handling sales for Barnaby Southcombe’s noir tale “I, Anna,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling, and Jan Schomburg’s German Panorama screener “Above Us Only Sky,” about a woman’s search for new love after discovering her missing husband had a secret double life.

Bavaria Pictures and Bavaria Film Intl. are part of the Bavaria Film group.

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