UFA's 'Physician' Gets $2.8 million From German Fund
Feature will also be produced as a two-part mini-series for public broadcaster ARD
COLOGNE, Germany -- Roland Suso Richter's adaptation of Noah Gordon's medieval epic The Physician, picked up a hefty €2 million ($2.8 million) in production subsidies from Filmstiftung NRW. The feature, which will also be produced as a two-part mini-series for public broadcaster ARD, is set to begin shooting next year at MMC Studios in Cologne and on location in Morocco, Romanian and elsewhere in Germany.
Veteran mini-series scribe Gavin Scott (War and Peace, The Mists of Avalon) is adapting Gordon's book for the screen. The novel follows Rob Cole, the son of a carpenter who becomes a famed physician and travels throughout Europe. While Gordon's novel was not a huge hit in the U.S., it topped best-seller lists across continental Europe.
The Physician is also the biggest production from UFA Cinema, the production outfit set up by FremantleMedia two years ago. UFA has had moderate success with its first releases -- children's films Hanni and Nanni and Devil Kickers but it is looking to The Physician to give it its first real blockbuster.