Oliver Hirschbiegel heads for 'The Dark Side'

Based on Martin Suter bestselling drug-laced thriller

COLOGNE, Germany -- Oscar-nominated director Oliver Hirschbiegel is on board to adapt drug-laced thriller "The Dark Side of the Moon," based on the Martin Suter bestseller, for Swiss producer/financier Millbrook Pictures.

David Marconi ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Enemy of the State") will adapt the novel for the screen. The story follows a successful lawyer whose life is turned upside down after he takes magic mushrooms. He starts to ignore societies' rules and follow his impulses -- and ends up a hunted man.

Karl Spoerri of Zurich-based Millbrook will produce with partner Thomas Sterchi receiving an executive producer credit. Shooting is set to start next spring in Switzerland, Germany and France. Casting is underway.

Millibrook adapted Suter's romantic comedy "My Words, My Lies -- My Love" in 2009 as a German-language feature starring Daniel Bruhl ("Inglourious Basterds") and Hannah Herzsprung ("4 Minutes").

Earlier this year, the Swiss group boarded David Cronenberg's Freund-era drama "A Dangerous Method" starring Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightly and Michael Fassbender.

This summer Millbrook signed a first-look deal with Appartatus Productions, the L.A. production shingle of Swiss-born director Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"). The deal will see Millbrook and Apparatus co-develop, finance and produce features focusing on up-and-coming writers and directors.