Senator backing adaptation of 1938 novel.

Bille August is attached to direct an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novel Beware of Pity for UK producer Lars Sylvest and Senator Film’s Helge Sasse of Germany.

Hallstrom’s frequent collaborator Greg Latter will write the script. The pair previously worked together on Goodbye Bafana and Night Train to Lisbon.

The 1938 novel by the Vienna-born author is about a young lieutenant who is invited to dine at at a Hungarian aristocrat’s castle, where he meets a parylysed young woman who falls in love with him.

The film will be in the English language with a German and international cast. It will shoot in 2014 in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary. Senator will release in 2015.