Akin Adopts 'Fighting Spirit' for Next Film

'Soul Kitchen' Director to Take on Boxing

COLOGNE, Germany – German director Fatih Akin is getting out of the kitchen and stepping into the boxing ring for his new project.

Akin, whose recent, Venice Jury Prize winner Soul Kitchen centered on a Hamburg restaurant, is moving to the shady world of professional boxing with Kampfernatur (Fighting Spirit). Akin is co-writing the film with Der Spiegel reporter Hans Hielscher. The duo just picked up $25,000 (18,000 Euros) from the German Federal Film Board to finish the script. Akin’s shingle Corazon will produce the film.