'Reader' producer finds his 'Self'

Simon de Normier picks up trio of crime novels

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BERLIN -- Simon de Normier, an associate producer on Stephen Daldry's "The Reader," has picked up the rights to a trilogy of crime novels from "Reader" author Bernhard Schlink: "Self's Punishment," "Self's Murder" and "Self's Deception."

The novels follow the noir-ish adventures of Gerhard Self, a private detective working in postwar Germany. As he investigates crimes, he finds himself unearthing dark secrets of his, and his country's past.

"They are crime stories, but they address the same themes as 'The Reader' -- law, justice, the question of guilt and the weight of history," de Normier told The Hollywood Reporter.

De Normier is producing the three films back-to-back through his company SenfKorn Film, with production expected to begin in late 2009 or early 2010. The trilogy is being set up as a three-part miniseries with one title to be released theatrically. No talent is yet attached.

Separately, Berlin-based UFA Cinema is in preproduction on two other Schlink titles: "The Weekend" and "The Homecoming."