BERLIN — German multihyphenate Til Schweiger is prepping a U.S. remake of his actioner “Schutzengel” (The Guardians).
Schweiger, who will direct and star in the German-language version, plans to develop and produce the remake Stateside with U.S. partners next year via his Berlin-based Barefoot Films, which he runs with producer Tom Zickler.
Warner Bros. is releasing the German film, described as an “emotional action-drama,” in the country on Sept. 27 and may also board the U.S. version.
Alexander van Duelmen’s Berlin-based A Company has already picked up rights for Russia, where Schweiger, Germany’s leading star, also has major box-office clout.
“Schutzengel” is budgeted at €7.5 million ($9.85 million) and has already secured $4.13 million in federal and regional subsidy coin.
Co-penned by Schweiger, Paul Maurice and Stephen Butchard, the film centers on a psychologically troubled former elite soldier who rescues a teenage orphan, the only witness to a murder, from assassins. It is lensing in Berlin with additional filming planned for the British seaside town of Brighton.
The film co-stars Schweiger’s 15-year-old daughter Luna, who is set to reprise her role in the remake along with an American cast.
Also starring in the German version are Moritz Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Heiner Lauterbach and Karoline Schuch.
The pic is a change of pace for Schweiger, who has enjoyed huge success with a string of romantic comedies in recent years, including the “Rabbit Without Ears” franchise and most recently “Kokowaah,” which earned $40 million at the German box office last year, making it 2011’s most successful local pic and another major hit for Warners.