The eight-episode sequel to the epic 1981 movie, the remarkable tale of a crews’ high-pressure and claustrophobic life aboard a WWII German U-boat based on the bestselling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, is a Sky Original Production and will feature a renowned international cast including; Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), August Wittgenstein (The Crown), Vicky Krieps (Colonia Dignidad), Jonathan Zaccai (Robin Hood), Leonard Scheicher (Finsterworld), Robert Stadlober (Summer Storm), Franz Dinda (The Cloud) and Stefan Konarske (The Young Karl Marx).
Tony Saint (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (Der Tunnel, Die Spiegel-Affäre) are the head writers. The series will be directed by eminent filmmaker Andreas Prochaska, whose credits include Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) and Das Wunder von Kärnten (A Day for a Miracle), which was awarded the International Emmy. Prochaska’s further accolades include the Deutsche Filmpreis (German Film Award), the Romy, and the Bayerische Fernsehpreis (Bavarian Television Award). It will be co-produced by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment. Executive Producers are Moritz Polter (Spotless, Crossing Lines) and Oliver Vogel (Dengler, SOKO Stuttgart) for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion; Marcus Ammon and Frank Jastfelder for Sky; and Jenna Santoianni (Taboo, The Shannara Chronicles) for Sonar Entertainment.
Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, Executive Producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, commented: “Few TV projects are as hotly anticipated as the sequel to Das Boot. We’re excited to open the next chapter on board U-612 , with a cast of internationally renowned actors, a high calibre junior cast and acclaimed director Andreas Prochaska.“
Jenna Santoianni, EVP, Television Series, Sonar Entertainment, added “In a time when the word ‘classic’ has become over-used and trivialized, Das Boot is one of those rare, true originals that without question fits the description. The film – and the book it is based on – have both earned enormous acclaim. This new production – supported by tremendous writing, an acclaimed international cast and crew, and stunning locations - will be a fitting sequel to the iconic work that it follows.”
Filming for the pan-European production starts in August this year in La Rochelle (France), Prague, Malta and Munich and will screen on Sky Atlantic in autumn 2018.
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