'International' news: Tykwer, X Filme team


After a brief sojourn outside the X Filme Creative Pool fold with "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," director Tom Tykwer and the production shingle are teaming again on new thriller "The International."

Sony Pictures Entertainment is producing with Studio Babelsberg, X Filme said Friday.

"International," which stars Clive Owen, Naomi Watts and Armin Mueller-Stahl, begins shooting in September in Babelsberg.

The feature will receive €4 million ($5.4 million) in tax-rebate backing from German state-run film fund the DFFF.

Tykwer remains a partner in Berlin-based X Filme. The company has produced all of the director's films with the exception of last year's "Perfume," which was produced by Constantin Film.

Studio Babelsberg, meanwhile, shows no signs of slowing down. The studio confirmed Friday that Stephen Daldry's "The Reader," starring Nicole Kidman, also will shoot on site in the fall. It will be the fourth major production to shoot this year in Babelsberg.

Other films shooting on Babelsberg's backlot are Warner Bros. Pictures' "Speed Racer," directed by the Wachowski brothers, and MGM/United Artists' World War II thriller "Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise.