Swissdirector Mike Eschmann, whose last comedy Achtung, Fertig,
The$4.9m (Euros 3.8m) Swiss-German co-production between Lucerne-based ZodiacPictures, Impuls Home Entertainment, Swissbroadcaster SF and Germany's
Juergen Ladenburger'sscreenplay, in the spirit of the German genre send-up Manitou's Shoe and the Mel Brooks' films, has Tell in business withanother Swiss icon Heidi marketing a beauty elixir which promises eternalyouth. Tell, who in reality is an Austrian, dreams of using his earnings tobecome a Swiss citizen.
Theeponymous hero Till is being played by Swiss comedian Mike Mueller, who wasnominated for a Swiss Film Award for his performance in 2005's top local film Mein Name Ist Eugen, with a cast including German actors Axel Stein,Christian Tramitz, and UdoKier.
UniversalPictures will release the film in Switzerland, Germany and Austria in autumn2007.