Paramount begins German production

Studio's first German-language film, '2016,' due Spring 2011

COLOGNE, Germany -- Paramount Pictures has begun production on its first German-language feature -- the post-apocalyptic thriller "2016: Das Ende Der Nacht" ("2016: The End of Night"), which Roland Emmerich is executive producing.

In the end-of-the-world drama -- written by first-timer Tim Fehlbaum, who also directs -- a blazing sun has made the earth an uninhabitable wasteland. A group of friends take to the mountains in an attempt to find water and food only to find themselves locked in a struggle for survival.

Hannah Herzsprung ("4 Minutes"), Lars Eidinger ("Everyone Else"), Stipe Erceg ("The Edukators"), Angela Winkler ("The Tin Drum") and newcomer Lisa Vicari star in the futuristic tale. Shooting is set for Germany and the island of Corcisa.

Emmerich, fresh from destroying the world in "2012," is currently shooting his Shakespearian conspiracy drama "Anonymous" at Germany's Studio Babelsberg.

Gabriele M. Walther's Caligari Film will produce "2016" together with veteran Thomas Woebke, working for the first time independently of his Claussen+Woebke+Putz shingle. Co-producers include Ruth Waldburger of Vega Film and Seven Pictures' Stefan Gaertner.

Paramount Pictures Germany is planning a Spring 2011 release for the title.

Paramount is a late comer to the local-language business in Germany. Warner, Disney, Sony, Fox and Universal are already active in the production and/or distribution of German films. The appetite for local fare appears to be growing. Last year, nearly a third of theatrical admissions in Germany were for homegrown titles.
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