A 1981 feature film that was nominated for six Oscars is being adapted for a television sequel with a massive $28 million budget. Variety reports that the new project is an eight-hour adaptation of “Das Boot.”
The movie was a tense, claustrophobic World War II drama set mostly inside a German U-boat. It scored Academy Award nominations for best director and best adapted screenplay — both for Wolfgang Petersen — and best cinematography for Jost Vacano, among other nominations.
The new adaptation was greenlighted by Sky Deutschland — Rupert Murdoch’s German pay-TV operation — and the German production house Bavaria Film, Variety reports.
“The eight-hour series is based on Lothar-Gunther Buchheim’s novels ‘Das Boot’ (‘The Boat’) and ‘Die Festung’ (‘The Fortress’), which have been adapted by a writing team led by Tony Saint (‘Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley,’ ‘The Interceptor’) and Johannes W. Betz (‘The Tunnel,’ ‘The Spiegel Affair’),” Variety reports. “The series will act as a sequel to the film, picking up from events at the end of the pic.”