Constantin extends Little Shark deal

'Pope Joan' producers extend first look deal with German indie

COLOGNE, Germany -- Leading German indie producer/distributor Constantin Film has extended its first look deal with Cologne-based operation Little Shark Entertainment for a further two years.

Little Shark was behind period drama "Pope Joan" starring Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham and John Goodman. Based on the Donna W. Cross bestseller on the legend of 9th-century female Pope, the film was one of Constantin's biggest hits of 2009, scoring $25 million at the German boxoffice.

Little Shark principles, director Sonke Wortmann and producer Tom Spiess, are also an established force in non-fiction. They produced Germany's most successful non-fiction film, the soccer documentary "Germany -- a Summer Fairytale," (2006) which grossed some $35 million in its home territory.
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