Magazine article Screen International

UFA Moves Ahead with Fatherland Adaptation

Magazine article Screen International

UFA Moves Ahead with Fatherland Adaptation

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EXCLUSIVE: The Wave writer-director Dennis Gansel has been working on the feature adaptation of Robert Harris' controversial best-seller Fatherland; Gansel among candidates to direct.

Dennis Gansel has been working with Matthias Pachte on the script of German outfit UFA Cinema's feature update of Robert Harris' best-selling novel Fatherland, which UFA expects a first draft of within three months.

For now, Pachte (My Brother the Vampire, 12 Paces Without a Head) is taking a lead on the script with Gansel among the candidates to direct the thriller. UFA optioned the rights to the film in 2009.

Gansel is no stranger to high-concept political thrillers with a touch of controversy after writing and directing acclaimed 2008 thriller The Wave about a high school experiment with Nazism and his most recent title The Fourth State starring Moritz Bleibtrau, Kasia Smutniak and Max Riemelt, about a journalist caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow. The latter is produced by UFA and released by UPI on Thursday in Germany.

Novelist and screenwriter Harris (The Ghost Writer) is believed to have been contacted about the adaptation but as yet is not on board. …

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