Dafoe 'Resurrected' for Schrader pic


Willem Dafoe has signed on to star opposite Jeff Goldblum in "Adam Resurrected," a World War II Holocaust drama that Paul Schrader is directing for Bleiberg Entertainment.

"Resurrected" is based on the acclaimed 2000 book by Israeli novelist Yoram Kaniuk. It centers on Adam Stein (Goldblum), a former circus clown who was spared the gas chamber so he could entertain thousands of Jews as they marched to their deaths. The novel has been translated into 20 languages.

Noah Stollman wrote the adaptation.

Dafoe is playing a Nazi officer whose life is saved by Stein. He later spares Stein.

Bleiberg chairman and CEO Ehud Bleiberg is producing with Werner Wirsing, head of German distributor EMS/3L. Ulf Israel is executive producing.

Bleiberg is eyeing an April production start date for the film, which will be shot in Germany, Romania and Israel. Bleiberg Entertainment is financing the film along with EMS/3L and is handling worldwide sales.

Dafoe's recent credits include "Inside Man" and "American Dreamz." He is repped by Endeavor and Widescreen Management.