The 1981 film “Das Boot” is getting a sequel in the form of an eight-hour miniseries. The German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland and German production house Bavaria Film are developing a 25-million-euro ($28.3 million) television version based on the popular Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s books “Das Boot” and “Die Festung.”
The drama will be adapted by Tony Saint and Johannes W. Betz, who are treating the show as a sequel to the film and picking up from the last events that were seen in the movie.
The original film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and followed the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
“Today, more than ever before, anti-war stories need to be told,” said Christian Franckenstein CEO of Bavaria Film in a statement. “The notions of war and terror are ubiquitous. The misguided actions of young men driven to commit acts of terror by false ideologies are obvious.”
Adding, “The 1981 film ‘Das Boot’ is unique, and we are approaching our work with the greatest of respect for this masterpiece. We want to build on the strong brand of ‘Das Boot’ and continue telling the story in a contemporary manner by making use of every filmmaking and storytelling technique available to us today.”
The miniseries will focus on the German perspective of events and include experiences the French Resistance and Allied forces had during the war. Buchheim’s central theme is: the blind fanaticism that drives young men into a senseless war.
The “Das Boot” project will be executive produced by Bavaria Film’s Oliver Vogel and Moritz Polter and Sky’s Marcus Ammon and Frank Jastfelder will oversee the production.
The series expected to air some time in 2018 across all Sky territories in Germany, Austria, U.K., Ireland and Italy.