Til Schweiger Greenlights New Film 'The Guardians'

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The German star will write, direct, produce and play the lead in the hitman-themed thriller.

COLOGNE, Germany – German uber-star Til Schweiger has greenlit his latest project: a hitman thriller called The Guardians which Schweiger will produce through his Barefoot Films shingle as well as writing, directing and playing the lead.

The feature has picked up $1 million (€750,000) in production and distribution financing from German film subsidy body the FFA. Schweiger is co-writing the script with Paul Maurice. Schweiger next appears alongside Mickey Rourke and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in crime thriller The Courier from director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) and has supporting roles in Gary Marshall’s ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve and comedy actioner This Means War from McG starring Tom Hardy and Resse Witherspoon.

German genre director Christian Alvart (Pandorum), picked up $490,000 (€350,000) from the FFA towards his latest, Banklady, the true story of Germany’s first female bank robber, who cleaned out a total of 19 banks between 1965-1967. Animals United director Reinhard Klooss secured $420,000 (€300,000) for his 3D animated adaptation of Tarzan for Constantin Film and French director Arnaud des Pallieres picked up $280,000 (€200,000) in production funding towards his period drama Michael Kohlhaas starring Mads Mikkelsen.