StudioCanal and Matthias Schweighofer's Pantaleon Films to Adapt German Bestseller

Dem Horizont so Nah!
Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag

Jessica Koch's love story 'Dem Horizont so Nah' is the first in a teen trilogy.

StudioCanal in Germany and Munich-based production house Pantaleon Films have snatched up the adaptation rights to Jessica Koch's best-selling novel Dem Horizont so Nah.

The teen romance, about the 17-year-old Jessica and Danny, a boy with a dark past, was the literary sensation of the year in Germany, selling more than 200,000 copies since its publication in March. The book is the first in so-called Danny trilogy, all three of which have come out this year.

Pantaleon and StudioCanal will jointly develop the novel for the screen. The German arm of StudioCanal recently landed a hit with another book adaptation, Fatih Akin's version of Wolfgang Herrndorf's Tschick (Why We Took the Car), which earned $3.8 million at the local box office.

Pantaleon Films, the production shingle of German star Matthias Schweighofer, is best known for romantic comedies such as 2011's What a Man (box office. $17 million) and recent weepie Der geilste Tag, which grossed $14 million in Germany this year.