‘German mini-major Constantin Film has greenlit an adaptation of The Collini Case, the best-selling legal drama from German lawyer-turned-novelist Ferdinand von Schirach.
German box-office magnet Elyas M’Barek (Suck Me Shakespeer) will star as a young defense lawyer charged with representing a 60-year-old Italian man who, apparently without cause, brutally murders Hans Meyer, one of Germany’s richest business tycoons. As he investigates he uncovers dark secrets in Meyer’s past that could prove the key to understanding the case.
Marco Kreuzpaintner (Sommersturm, The Trade) will direct the adaptation, which will co-star Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall) and Heiner Lauterbach. Kreuzpaintner recently inked a deal with Amazon Prime in Germany for Beat, an original Amazon series set in the Berlin club scene of the 1990s. Christian Zubert, Robert Gold and Jens-Frederik Otto adapted Von Schirach’s novel for the screen.
Christoph Muller, Kerstin Schmidbauer and Marcel Hartges will produce The Collini Case for Constantin, with Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz as executive producer.
The Collini Case will shoot this year for a 2019 release, via Constantin, in Germany.’