'Fatherland' on march with film adaptation


Would-be German major UFA Cinema is planning a feature film adaptation of Robert Harris' alternative-history best-seller "Fatherland" as the flagship of its new slate.

The novel, which imagines what would have happened if the Nazis conquered England, was made into a Golden Globe-winning telefilm in 1994. UFA's version, set to begin production in 2010-11, will be shot in German.

Among other projects, UFA has boarded an adaptation of the audio book "The Devil Kickers" from Frauke Nahrgang. Granz Henman is attached to direct the first film in what is hoped to be a franchise, with UFA co-producing with Phoenix Film. (partialdiff)