Constantin shooting fifth 'Werner' film

Comic book creator Rotger Feldmann co-directing project

COLOGNE, Germany -- Like a middle-aged rocker going out for one more glory ride, Constantin Film is taking another go at its hit Werner franchise, revving up the animated series about a booze-fueled biker for a fifth film.

Based on Rotger Feldmann's cult comics, the first four entries in the "Werner" series have sold more than 13.6 million tickets in Germany, making it one of the most successful local franchises of all time. But while the first two Werner films -- in 1990 and 1996 -- were massive hits, selling nearly 5 million tickets each, the law of diminishing returns quickly kicked in. "Werner 3" (1999) sold around 2.8 million admissions and "Werner 4" (2003) just over a million.

The fifth film, titled "Werner -- Eiskalt!" (Werner -- Ice Cold), will be a mix of animated and real-life sequences and will mix fact and fiction with Feldmann playing himself as a passionate biker and comic book writer. Feldmann will co-direct along with veteran Gernot Roll.

Roll is quickly becoming the go-to gag guy for Constantin, after he successfully translated the stand-up comedy of local star Mario Barth into box office gold with the hit "Mannersache" (Man's Business).

Shooting on "Werner 5" has already begun in northern Germany with Herman Weigel and Oliver Berben producing.