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Tom Tykwer to Direct His First TV Series, the 1920s German Drama 'Babylon Berlin'

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire October 22, 2013 at 9:21AM

"Run Lola Run" director Tom Tykwer has become the latest filmmaker to sign on to a television project. Screen Daily reports that Tykwer is set to direct the 12-part German-language period drama "Babylon Berlin," based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher.
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Tom Tykwer on the set of 'The International'
Columbia Pictures Tom Tykwer on the set of 'The International'

"Run Lola Run" director Tom Tykwer has become the latest filmmaker to sign on to a television project. Screen Daily reports that Tykwer is set to direct the 12-part German-language period drama "Babylon Berlin," based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher. The project is being developed by X Filme Creative Pool.

Set in 1920s Berlin, the series is centered on Inspector Gereon Rath, who arrives in the turbulent city from Cologne. Tykwer is working with screenwriters Achim von Borries ("4 Days in May") and Hendrik Handloegten ("Summer Window") on the adaptation, which will shoot in Berlin with the help of some digital effects. The first season of "Babylon Berlin" will be based on the first two novels in Kutscher's series.

Series producer Stefan Arndt told Screen, "We are aiming artistically and narratively for the top end of what is possible in German television... The series practically begins on Black Friday, the day of stock market crash, when the Nazi movement was still small and nobody could have predicted what was going to happen."

Tykwer recently snagged Tom Hanks as the lead for his film adaptation of Dave Eggers' "A Hologram For The King," and is also still working on developing a miniseries based on Eggers' 2006 novel "What Is The What."

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