Cloud Atlas Director to Adapt Volker Kutscher Crime Novels to TV
Tom Tykwer, director of the wildly ambitious science-fiction anthology film Cloud Atlas, will be bringing German author Volker Kutscher’s crime novels to the small screen, says THR. Tykwer and fellow German film producer Stefan Arndt want to turn the novels, which tell the exploits of bold detective Gereon Rath in 1920s Berlin, into a 12-part TV series titled Babylon Berlin.
The cops-and-robbers series will also be in the hands of directors Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, who hope the series can eventually expand into multiple seasons. The four novels that have been released so far cover the late 1920s to early 1930s in Germany; it is unclear if the source material from all four books will be exhausted within the 12 episodes that are slated for production. Though the creation of the Babylon Berlin TV series is a wholly German project, the series has plans to market the series globally.
The recent golden age of dramatized TV that has swept English-speaking audiences by storm in the past decade hasn’t quite reached Germany, though Tykwer’s involvement in this project certainly suggests that the country’s foray into acclaimed programming may not be far off. Tykwer’s production company X Filme will produce the series.
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