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Robert Schwentke Steps Into 'The Poison Kitchen'

Robert Schwentke
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"R.E.D." director to helm true-life tale of anti-Nazi newspaper the Munchner Post.

COLOGNE, Germany - Robert Schwentke (R.E.D., Flightplan) will direct the Nazi-era drama The Poison Kitchen based the best-selling nonfiction book
Explaining Hitler by Ron Rosenbaum. Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) will pen the screenplay for Kitchen, which is based on the chapter of the same name in Rosenbaum's book. In it, he tells the story of the newspaper the Muncher Post, which campaigned against Adolf Hitler and the rise of his Nazi party in the 1920s and 1930s. After the Nazis assumed power in 1933, the Muncher Post was shut down, its printers smashed and its journalists arrested. German-born Schwentke is currently in pre-production on comic book adaptation R.I.P.D., an action comedy about an undead police force starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.

Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer, whose The Three Musketeers reboot bows in Germany later this month, is producing The Poison Kitchen together with Margo Klewans. Constantin film head Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing. The shoot is planned for 2012.