Studiocanal Acquires Global Sales, German Rights to Road Movie ‘Tschick,’ with ‘Wetlands’ Director David Wnendt at Helm (EXCLUSIVE)

David Wnendt (above), the helmer of coming-of-age movie 'Wetlands,' will direct 'Tschick'

Studiocanal has picked up the international sales rights and Studiocanal Germany has acquired the German distribution rights to road movie “Tschick,” which David Wnendt, the helmer of controversial Sundance and Locarno coming-of-age movie “Wetlands,” will direct.

The movie is an adaptation of the bestselling cult novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf. The book, whose English title is “Why We Took the Car,” is one of the biggest literary successes in Germany in recent years, with sales topping 2 million copies. It has been published in more than 30 countries. Wnendt, who recently completed Adolf Hitler satire “Look Who’s Back,” wrote the screenplay with Lars Hubrich (“Tahiti Rose”).

The story centers on 14-year-old outsider Maik Klingenberg. While his mother is in rehab and his father is on a “business trip” with his assistant, Maik spends his time during the summer holidays alone by the pool of his parents’ villa. But then Tschick appears. Tschick’s real name is Andrej Tschichatschow, and he comes from Berlin. He has a stolen Lada with him, and the two youngsters set off on a roadtrip through provincial Germany.

The pic is produced by Marco Mehlitz and Susa Kusche from Lago Film. It is co-produced by BR, ARD Degeto, RBB and Studiocanal Film, with support from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, the FFA and Deutscher Filmfoerderfonds. Shooting starts in Berlin, Brandenburg and central Germany this summer. The theatrical release in Germany has been set for Sept. 15, 2016.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Amanda Awards

    ‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards

    HAUGESUND, Norway —  Hans Petter Moland’s sweeping literary adaptation “Out Stealing Horses” put in a dominant showing at Norway’s Amanda Awards on Saturday night, placing first with a collected five awards, including best Norwegian film. Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the Norwegian industry’s top film prize helped kick off the Haugesund Film Festival and [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Richard Williams, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Animator, Dies at 86

    Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86. Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. In addition to his groundbreaking work as [...]

  • Instinct

    Locarno Film Review: 'Instinct'

    Now that “Game of Thrones” has finally reached its conclusion, releasing its gifted international ensemble into the casting wilds, will Hollywood remember just what it has in Carice van Houten? It’s not that the statuesque Dutch thesp hasn’t been consistently employed since her startling 2006 breakout in Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” or even that she’s [...]

  • Good Boys Movie

    Box Office: 'Good Boys' Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

    Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales. That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 [...]

  • Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Wins at

    Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Triumphs at Locarno Film Festival

    The 72nd Locarno Film Festival drew to a close Saturday with Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa’s dark and detached film “Vitalina Varela” coming away with several awards together with superlatives from segments of the hardcore cinephile crowd, including jury president Catherine Breillat. In announcing the Golden Leopard prize for the film, as well as best actress [...]

  • Vitalina Varela

    Locarno Film Review: 'Vitalina Varela'

    Frequently beautiful compositions and the theatrical use of a fierce kind of artifice have long been the hallmarks of Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa, regarded by a small but influential group of aesthetes as one of the great filmmakers of our era. For those in tune with his vision, the director’s films offer an exciting lesson [...]

  • Notre dame

    Locarno Film Review: 'Notre dame'

    Not to be too cynical about it, but might the recent horrific fire in Paris’ cathedral attract audiences to a film in which the gothic gem plays a major role? It’s likely a wiser marketing strategy than promoting the unrelenting silliness of Valerie Donzelli’s oh-so-kooky comedy “Notre dame,” the writer-director-star’s return to contemporary Paris following [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content