Studio Babelsberg has now confirmed that it will be serving as the German co-producer on Quentin Tarantino's Second World War drama Inglorious Bastards.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Universal Pictures are co-financing and co-presenting the feature, while Harvey and Bob Weinstein are serving as executive producers.
Tarantino's film will begin shooting at the Babelsberg studios and in the Berlin-Brandenburg region from mid-October. The cast includes local German speaking actors Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruühl, Diane Kruger and Til Schweiger opposite an international cast including Brad Pitt and Mike Myers.
Inglorious Bastards is the sixth large scale production at the studios this year. 2008 has already seen the studio handling Stephen Daldry's The Reader, James McTeigue's martial arts action film Ninja Assassin, Thomas Jauch's thriller Crashpoint: Berlin for private broadcaster ProSieben, Kai Wessel's biopic Hilde, and Christian Alvart's futuristic thriller Pandorum.
In 2007 the studios were busy with 12 productions as either co-producer or service provider. Films ranged from big-budget US productions Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer, Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and Tom Tykwer's The International to Jaco van Dormael's futuristic Mr Nobody, Stefan Ruzowitzky's family film Lily The Witch and Vanessa Jopp's comedy Messy Christmas.