Renowned Director Andreas Prochaska Named To Direct International Television Series Das Boot
A Co-Production of Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment, New Series Is Sequel To Acclaimed 1981 Film and Novel
Andreas Prochaska, one of the most renowned German-speaking directors, will direct Das Boot, the international event series being developed for global television by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment. Prochaska’s credits include the films “Das finstere Tal” (“The Dark Valley”) and “Das Wunder von Kärnten” (“A Day for a Miracle”), for which he was awarded with the International Emmy. Prochaska has also been honored with the Deutsche Filmpreis (German Film Award) and the Romy and the Bayerische Fernsehpreis (the Bavarian Television Award).
The new eight-part series is a sequel set immediately after the events depicted in the best-selling novel by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim and Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 Oscar-nominated film. While the original exclusively followed the claustrophobic and increasingly brutal world inside a World War II German U-boat, this series focuses not just on the German perspective, but on the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea. The production also expands to look at rising resistance in the U-boat port of La Rochelle. Through it all, Buchheim’s original message remains as relevant today as ever: blind fanaticism pushes young men into pointless war.
Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, Executive Producer of Bavaria Fernsehproduktion GmbH said, “Andreas Prochaska impresses with his visually breathtaking, authentic and at the same time modern narrative style. We are extraordinarily pleased to have a director in Andreas Prochaska, who shares our vision of the sequel of ‘Das Boot’.”
Marcus Ammon, Senior Vice President Fiction and Entertainment of Sky Germany said, “Andreas Prochaska exhibited in the past his brave and thrilling narrative style through the use of his particular visual imagery. That’s exactly what we want for our Sky Original Productions. We are pleased to be able to mark the production stage of ‘Das Boot’.”
“’Das Boot,’ the most important and acclaimed anti-war film of its time, still resonates today,” commented David Ellender, President Global Distribution & Co-Productions at Sonar Entertainment. “Andreas Prochaska is an acclaimed director and having him on board ensures that the original vision for the story and the series will hold true. Sonar is thrilled to be a partner on this prestigious production.”
Andreas Prochaska added, “’Das Boot’ is a milestone in the history of anti-war films; it represents authenticity, suspense, drama, emotion and action. The series takes this one step further; it combines the claustrophobic atmosphere on the submarine with a strand set in the orbit of the resistance thus creating strong female characters. This allows me, as the director, to transcribe this heritage into the modern art of serial story telling.”
Tony Saint ("Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley," "The Interceptor" u.a.) and Johannes W. Betz ("Der Tunnel," "Die Spiegel-Affäre" u.a.) are the head writers of the event series which will feature an international cast. Moritz Polter (e.g. "Spotless," "Crossing Lines") and Oliver Vogel (e.g. "Dengler," "SOKO Stuttgart"), of Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Marcus Ammon and Frank Jastfelder, or Sky, and Jenna Santoianni (“The Son,” "The Shannara Chronicles") serve as Executive Producers.
The start of production is scheduled for mid-2017, with the international first TV showing planned for 2018 in the Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.