Fox to Produce Matthias Schweighofer’s New Comedy

9:48 AM PST 12/16/2011 by Scott Roxborough
Twentieth Century Fox
"What a Man"

The German actor's directorial debut, "What A Man," earned some $16 million for Fox in Germany.

COLOGNE, Germany – Twentieth Century Fox in Germany has signed on to co-produce the new film from actor-turned-director Matthias Schweighofer, whose debut What A Man was a box office hit this year.

Fox International Productions and Schweighofer’s shingle Pantaleon Films will produce the rom-com the Schlussmacher (roughly, the breaker-uper) in which Schweighofer will direct and star. He plays Henri, a silver-tongued employee of a Berlin firm that offers break-up services for people wanting to dump their partners. On one fateful job, Henri is forced to travel across Germany with a particularly difficult case.

Schlussmacher will begin shooting next spring with backing from the German federal film board, HessenInvestFilm and the Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard. Amalia Film will co-produce. Fox will bow the feature in Germany.

What A Man, which starred Schweighofer and Game of Thrones actress Sibel Kekilli, earned more than $16 million for Fox in Germany.

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