Netflix Picks Up Rights To Germany’s Popular Hitler Satire ‘Look Who’s Back’

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The movie adaptation of German author Timur Vermes’ 2012 satirical novel Look Who’s Back, which tells the story of Hitler being resurrected into the present-day, became a box office hit in Germany when it was released last year, and now American audiences will be able to join in on the awkward laughs as Netflix has picked up the rights to the movie for an April 9 release.

There’s no questioning that the premise of the story could have some on edge, but in a country that might be most sensitive, Germany, the book sold an impressive 1.4 million copies by 2014 and grossed $21.8 million in the box office, $10 million of that coming within the first two weeks of release.

Look Who’s Back follows a very similar structure as the 2008 hit comedy Borat, and follows Hitler around in modern-day Berlin as he falls into a new TV career when he’s mistaken for a comedian. The movie features a mix of scripted elements as well as unscripted vignettes of German actor Oliver Masucci as he hits the streets of Berlin in character as Hitler.

Netflix will be streaming the film in a number of territories, but will not be hitting the streaming service in Germany, Austria or Switzerland when it makes its American debut this Spring.

 

Source: Variety
Photo: Constantin Film

Stephen Fuchs
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