UK-born actor-director Alex Winter, still best known for playing Bill in the Bill & Ted films, has been confirmed as the director for a remake of the 1987 horror film The Gate which could become the first 3D feature film to be shot completely in Germany later this year.

Winter's previous directing credits include Fever starring Henry Thomas which played inCannes Directors Fortnightin 1999.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, MMC Independent's Bastie Griese said that this film will be the second collaboration between Andras Hamori's H20 Moton Pictures and Cologne-based MMC Independent after they co-produced Stephen Frears' Berlin competitor Cheri last year.

'We are planning to film 90% of The Gate in Germany and do all of the digital post-production here,' Griese explained. 'We will do the opening sequences in America, but the family house and the gate to Hell would be constructed in the studio. Of nine shooting weeks, around four days will be in the USA and the rest will be in Cologne.'

A second project being lined up with Hamori for this year is Kevin Kerslake's Running Wild, with Samuel L. Jackson attached to star, which Griese says would be 'a mix of locations in South Africa and studio work at MMC's studios in Cologne.'