'Baader' team tackles rapper's story

Bushido biopic slated for 2010 release

COLOGNE, Germany -- Hot off the success of Golden Globe and Oscar nominee "The Baader Meinhof Complex," director Uli Edel and producer Bernd Eichinger are reteaming for "Bushido," the rags-to-riches tale of Germany's top hip-hop star.

Christian Becker will join the Eichinger-Edel gang as producer on the project, which will be handled through Becker's Rat Pack shingle.

Bushido, alias Anis Mohamed Ferchichi, will play himself as the boy who went from dealing drugs in Berlin to multiplatinum success as one of Germany's first gangsta rappers.

"I can't imagine anything better than doing this film together with Bernd and Uli," Bushido said Monday. "When they asked me, it was as if Eminem had called. If anyone can make films in Germany, then it's these two."

Eichinger will write the script based on Bushido's best-selling autobiography. Eichinger has promised to make a film "like Bushido's music: authentic, radical and provocative."

Shooting is set to start in the summer, with a planned 2010 release through Rat Pack parent Constantin Film.
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