Munich-based Telepool has boarded U-900, the third feature by The Lives Of Others producer Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, as a sales agent and co-financier.

The comedy about a submarine on the run in 1944 Germany is being directed by Sven Unterwaldt (7 Zwerge) and features Atze Schroeder, Oliver K. Wnuk, Yvonne Catterfeld, Goetz Otto and Maxim Mehmet.

Backing for U-900, which will be released theatrically in Germany by Warner Bros Entertainment in September 2008, came from the Bavarian regional fund FFF Bayern and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

The first two weeks of principal photography were spent at the Bavaria Film studios outside of Munich and the production will now be shooting on Malta and in Rome until the beginning of November.

Wiedemann & Berg's first film after the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others, the military comedy Kein Bund Fuers Leben by Granz Henman, was released theatrically in Germany two weeks ago by Constantin Film.

Producers Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg are now in the final stages of preparation with Grave Decisions director Marcus H. Rosenmueller on a TV movie reworking of the story of Mathias Kneissl who was the last robber to be caught and executed in Bavaria at the turn of the last century.

'This is the ideal project for 'Rosi',' Max Wiedemann suggests, 'because it will give him a chance to show his own particular style. Our approach to the story will be more in keeping with the present times, it will have more power and be very Bavarian.'