Munich-based Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds (VIP) is to back the first English-language project by Der Tunnel director Roland Suso Richter.

VIP is to supply just over half of the budget for The I Inside which will go into production in March by Rudy Cohen's RCD Productions with a cast understood to include Stephen Dorff, Christian Slater and Lauren Bacall.

Richter, whose previous feature credits included 14 Tage Lebenslaenglich and After The Truth, also directed the SAT.1 TV two-parter The Tunnel whose theatrical version was sold by BetaCinema to US distributor Roxie Releasing last week.

VIP raised Euros 10.4m for its first placement as planned last year and is putting up 100% financing for another two projects: 150 three-minute shorts under the banner Wahr Oder Falsch (True Or False), which are already in production by TVNTV and will be sold internationally by the KirchGroup's sales arm BetaFilm; And the action thriller Global Effect, to be produced by Cinetelfilms Inc. from March 2002.