Schweiger's 'One' leads to four on slate


German star Til Schweiger is planning four new English-language film projects with Swiss commercials helmer Reto Salimbeni following their collaboration on action thriller "One Way," which has its world premiere Saturday in Los Angeles.

"One Way" is the first English-language film Schweiger has produced through his German-based shingle, Barefoot Films. It follows the success of German-language "Barefoot." He said in an interview he plans to produce and star in his next four English-language projects with Salimbeni at the helm. These include high-concept comedy "Superlover," action film "KSK" and edgy romantic comedy "Slide Show."

Co-starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Roberts and Lauren Lee Smith, "One Way" will make its debut Saturday at Arclight Cinemas as part of the Hollywood Film Festival.

"I call it a perfect landing," Schweiger said. "I lived and worked in L.A. for seven years, so coming back to premiere this film in Hollywood is amazing."

In "One Way," Schweiger plays a hotshot advertising executive whose life is thrown into turmoil after he provides a false alibi to a friend accused of rape.

Schweiger returned to Germany in 2004. "Barefoot," his first production, is a German-language adaptation of a script he acquired in Hollywood. Directed, produced and co-written by Schweiger, "Barefoot" was a huge local success, taking in close to $12 million for German distributor Buena Vista International.

"I will continue to do German-language movies — like the comedy 'Video Kings,' which we are releasing next year and could only work in German," Schweiger said. "But 'One Way' showed us we can do English-language productions out of Germany. And we don't intend to stop now."

"One Way" opens wide in Germany on Jan. 25 through distributor UIP. The film also has presold to Gemini Film for Eastern Europe and Russia, where Schweiger is a major star.