Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.
Schömann’s credits at Rat Pack included The Crocodiles family film franchise and 3D adventure Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods directed by Christian Ditter..
Together with Becker, she produced writer-director Bora Dagtekin’s box-office hits Turkish For Beginners and Suck Me Shakespeer which has seen by over 7m cinema-goers in Germany alone and has taken over € 52 m since its release last November.
Schömann’s first project at Constantin will be the sequel to Suck Me Shakespeer, which will begin shooting this summer and be released by Constantin Film on September 10, 2015.
Suck Me Shakespeer, which won a German Film Award last month as the country’s most successful feature of 2013, is handled internationally by Berlin-based sales outfit Picture Tree International.
Constantin stays at school
School-based stories are clearly much in favour at Constantin Film. The latest project by director Sönke Wortmann, who scored a box office hit in 1994 with Maybe… Maybe Not (Der Bewegte Mann), is an adaptation of stage comedy Ms Mueller Must Go (Frau Müller muß weg).
The film is based on Lutz Hübner and Sarah Nemitz’s eponymous play, which Wortmann had staged at Berlin’s children’s and youth Grips Theater (Linie 1) in 2012.
The story centres on a raucous parent’s evening where the prime goal is to oust Ms Mueller for the low grades she has given to their offspring. The teacher storms off, accidentally leaving her handbag with a list of the grades - which are quite the opposite of what the parents had feared - and the work begins to get Ms Mueller back.
Constantin Film Produktion co-produce the feature with Wortmann and Tom Spieß’s Cologne-based Little Shark Entertainment.
Gabriela Maria Schmeide has been cast as Ms Mueller, with other parts taken by comedienne Anke Engelke (presenter of the Berlinale’s opening and closing ceremonies and the European Film Awards), Mina Tander, Ken Duken, Alwara Höfels and Justus von Dohnányi.
Constantin Film will release the film in German cinemas on November 20, 2014.