×

Berlin: Tom Tykwer, Beta’s Jan Mojto Unveil ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Germany’s Biggest-Ever TV Series

U.S. deal ‘imminent,’ says Beta’s Jan Mojto

BERLIN  The makers of Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series ever unveiled on Wednesday the first trailer for “Babylon Berlin,” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s bestselling series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin.

The press conference at Berlin’s legendary but slightly dilapidated Clärchens Ballhaus (which first opened its doors in 1913) drew a packed crowd as writer-directors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten discussed their work on the €40 million ($42.7 million), 16-episode series and offered a first glimpse of the highly-anticipated show.

Produced by Sky Deutschland, ARD Degeto, X Filme and Beta Film and overseen by Tykwer, the lavish historical drama explores not only the glorious roaring 20s heyday of the German capital, but also the dark underbelly of the original sin city in all its brutal debauchery.

Volker Bruch (“Generation War”) and Liv Lisa Fries (“Zurich”) lead the cast.

The series, which is currently in post, has already sold to SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, Denmark’s DR and Finland’s YLE as well as Telefonica’s Movistar Plus in Spain and Belgian pay platform Telenet, according to Jan Mojto, co-producer and CEO of Beta Film, which is handling worldwide rights. Sky will also carry the series in the U.K. and Italy. Mojto added that deals “are imminent” in the U.S., France and other European and Latin American territories.

“Babylon Berlin” will premiere on Sky in October and on pubcaster ARD in 2018.

Describing the project, Tykwer drew parallels with Berlin of the late 1920s and the present. “It was also a time of political change. It was just a few years before the rise of the Nazis and while no one had a clue of what was to come, around the city things were simmering and seething.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 4127_D015_00199_RC(l-r) Laura Carmichael stars as Lady

    Box Office: 'Downton Abbey' Beats 'Ad Astra,' 'Rambo: Last Blood' on Thursday Night

    “Downton Abbey,” the movie continuation of the hit TV series centering on the Crawley family, has won Thursday previews with $2.1 million from 2,800 North American locations. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt’s space drama “Ad Astra” has launched with $1.5 million in previews, while Sylvester Stallone’s action-thriller “Rambo: Last Blood” scooped up $1.3 million at nearly 2,900 [...]

  • Renee Zellweger'Judy' film premiere, Arrivals, Samuel

    'Judy's' L.A. Premiere: Renee Zellweger Takes Another Ruby Step Toward the Oscars

    Renée Zellweger continues to follow the yellow brick road to the Oscars. The Los Angeles premiere of Judy on Thursday night in Beverly Hills kept the Academy Award winner on track for a possible second win come February. “We’re just so happy we’re able to share it with you tonight,” Zellweger said to the crowd [...]

  • Benedict Andrews (L) and US actress

    Kristen Stewart on the 'Insane Gall' of Directors as 'Seberg' Arrives in San Sebastian

    SAN SEBASTIAN – On Friday, Kristen Stewart and Benedict Andrews’ political thriller “Seberg” plays at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival, where it opens Perlak, a section dedicated to the Spanish premieres of major international films. The star and her director addressed the media prior to the screening in the festival’s first high-profile press conference, [...]

  • Les Miserables

    Ladj Ly's Cannes Prize-Winner 'Les Miserables' Is France's Oscar Submission

    Ladj Ly’s politically charged drama “Les Miserables,” which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, has been chosen by France’s Oscar committee to enter the international feature film race. In one of the most competitive years for French movies, “Les Miserables” beat out Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the 18th-century-set romance which won [...]

  • David Kehrl neuer Head of Acquisitions

    'Resident Evil's' Constantin Names Acquisitions, International Co-Production Chief

    David Kehrl is to join Constantin Film, Germany’s leading independent movie producer and distributor, as the head of acquisitions and international co-production. He will report to Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the executive board at Constantin Film, which produces the “Resident Evil” movies. Starting in February, Kehrl will be responsible for the acquisition of international theatrical [...]

  • The Plague Season 2 Spanish TV

    Telefonica, Atresmedia to Create Content Factory Behemoth

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — In a game-changing move for Spanish-language production Telefonica, Europe’s third biggest telco, and Atresmedia, the original co-creators of “La Casa de Papel,” are uniting to create a new joint contents production giant. Aimed at gaining more scale and uniting talent relations – writers, directors and producers – the 50/50 joint venture will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content