Sherry Hormann Takes Over As Director Of Natascha Kampusch Biopic

1:04 PM PST 07/04/2011 by Scott Roxborough
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Bernd Eichinger was working on script of Austrian kidnapping drama when he died suddenly in January.

COLOGNE, Germany - Director Sherry Hormann has taken over the reins of a controversial biopic on Natasha Kampusch, the Austria girl kidnapped and held for 8 years in a basement cell. Oscar-nominated producer Bernd Eichinger (Downfall) was working on the script to the Kampusch film when he died suddenly in January.

Constantin Film, which held the rights to the Kampusch story, said it would go ahead with the project. Hormann's last film, Desert Flower, was also a biopic, about refugee turned supermodel Waris Dirie.

The director, a transplanted American who lives and works in Germany, is currently shooting the comedy The Situation is Hopeless, But Not Serious based on the best-selling pop psychology book of the same name by Paul Watzlawick. Hormann is set to begin the Kampusch film, budgeted at $10 million, in 2012.

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