UFA takes up 'Mein Kampf' adaptation


COLOGNE, Germany -- Newly launched German film group UFA Cinema has boarded "Mein Kampf," a film adaptation of George Tabori's theatrical farce about the young Adolf Hitler, for its first production as a producer/distributor.

Tom Schilling ("Elementary Particles") will star as Hitler in the film, which Thomas Peter Friedl and Oliver Berben of UFA Cinema will co-produce together with Schiwago Film, Hugofilm and Austria's Dor Film.

Several German language public broadcasters also are on board, including ZDFtheaterkanal, ARTE, 3Sat, Austria's ORF and Swiss network SRG SSR.

Urs Odermatt will direct the production, which starts shooting in Vienna this week. German star Goetz Georg co-stars as Hitler's Jewish roommate, Schlomo Herzl.

UFA plans to release the film in Germany next year, with Filmladen Filmverleih handling rights in Austria.

UFA Cinema, a subsidiary of television production giant FremantleMedia, aims to produce and distribute up to eight German-language features a year.