Wolfgang Becker to make 'Me and Kaminski'

'Good Bye, Lenin!' director takes on best-seller

BERLIN -- Six years after his worldwide hit "Good Bye, Lenin!" German director Wolfgang Becker is returning to the big screen with an adaptation of "Me and Kaminski" from German best-selling author Daniel Kehlmann ("Measuring the World"). "Good Bye, Lenin!" star Daniel Bruhl is on board to play the lead.

The novel follows the rivalry between the journalist Sebastian Zollner (Bruhl) and an art critic, who are both trying to write a biography of reclusive "blind painter" Manuel Kaminski.

The project is being planned as a European co-production with Becker's Berlin-based X Filme as lead producer. Shooting is set to start in the fall in Germany, France and Belgium.

Becker contributed a short film, "KrankesHaus," to the omnibus production "Germany 09," which will premiere Feb. 13 at the Berlinale.