Arclight Films has acquired worldwide rights excluding German-speaking Europe and the Czech Republic ahead of AFM to the $23.3m (Eu18m) German aerial action title The Red Baron.

Matthias Schweighofer, Til Schweiger, Lena Headey and Joseph Fiennes star in the Niama Film tale of the legendary first world war German fighter pilot.

Nikolai Mullerschon wrote and directed the project and Thomas Reisser and Dan Maag produced. The film opened earlier this year in Germany and Arclight is re-cutting it with the producers for the US audience.

'The story of the first legendary flying ace is great material and I believe the film will resonate with a broad international audience,' Arclight chief Gary Hamilton said.

'We are working with the producers to refine certain aspects of the drama and action to ensure that the film has the impact that audiences will expect from this gritty and romantic story of courageous men engaged in aerial combat.'

Arclight will screen the re-cut film for the first time at AFM next month.