'Catweazle' to get feature film remake


COLOGNE, Germany -- German production house Niama is teaming up with Richard Carpenter, creator of 1970s Brit TV series "Catweazle," for a feature film remake of the cult children's program.

Niama producers Dan Maag and Thomas Reisser, together with Carpenter and production partner Phil Knight, will co-produce the "Catweazle" film, which begins shooting in September in the U.K. and Germany.

Catweazle is an eccentric magician from 1066 who travels through time to the present day. Convinced the modern world is just a new, strange form of magic, he teams up with a farmer boy to try to find his way back home.

The original "Catweazle" series ran for 26 episodes during 1970-71 on British TV and starred Geoffrey Bayldon as the Norman-age wizard.

John Henderson ("The Borrowers") has signed on to direct the film. Casting is under way.

"Catweazle" will be Niama's second English-language production following World War I biopic "The Red Baron." Directed by Nikolai Mullerschon and starring Matthias Schweighofer, Til Schweiger, Lena Headey and Joseph Fiennes, the tale of legendary German flying ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen had its market debut at the Marche du Film in Cannes.
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