The 1981 film Das Boot is one of the most popular and recognizable German films to cross over to the United States, earning six Oscar nominations, and now fans of the hit film have something to get excited about 35 years after the original hit the big screen… a sequel is officially in the works.
Bavaria Film, the studio behind the original, has teamed up with Sky Deutschland to produce a TV mini-series consisting of eight one-hour episodes that will pick up where the film ended, with the crew returning to the ensuing submarine warfare. Stories involving the Allied Forces and French Resistance are expected to be featured as well.
Bavaria Film chief executive Christian Franckenstein said the following on the decision to continue the story:
“Today, more than ever before, anti-war stories need to be told. The notions of war and terror are ubiquitous. The misguided actions of young men driven to commit acts of terror by false ideologies are obvious. The 1981 film Das Boot is unique, and we are approaching our work with the greatest of respect for this masterpiece. We want to build on the strong brand of Das Boot and continue telling the story in a contemporary manner by making use of every filmmaking and storytelling technique available to us today.”
A budget of 25 million euros ($28 million) has been set for the project and while no information on casting has been released, the series is expected to make its debut in Sky’s European markets sometime in 2018. No details on a possible U.S. release have been announced, but due to the original’s popularity, we can expect some form of a release after the series’ original run.