Oliver Hirschbiegel to Direct Cold War Series 'Back to Back'

Oliver Hirschbiegel Headshot - P 2011
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Oliver Hirschbiegel Headshot - P 2011

Tracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger's Rainmark Films will produce the series, set in the divided Berlin of the 1970s, together with 'Borgia' producers Beta.

Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose pre-WWII drama 13 Minutes premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last week, is returning to TV for his next project, a cold war drama set in the divided Berlin of the 1970s.

The series, Back to Back, will be a co-production between U.K.'s Rainmark Films, headed by Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and Tracey Scoffield (The Coming Storm), and Beta Film of Germany. Paula Milne, whose credits include the BBC's The Virgin Queen and Small Island, will pen the six-part series. Shooting is set to start this summer.

The project re-teams Hirschbiegel with Beta, producers of period drama Borgia, for which the German director helmed several episodes. Beta and Rainmark are set to co-produce several projects together, including an adaptation of The Guns of AugustBarbara Tuchman's best-selling history of WWI, and big screen version of Derek B. Miller’s crime novel Norwegian By Night.

13 Minutes, a biopic on would-be Adolf Hitler assassin Georg Elser, has sold out worldwide, with major deals including ones with Sony Pictures Classics for the U.S. and StudioCanal for the U.K/Ireland and Australia/New Zealand.