Das Boot submarine sequel to film across Europe
A drama sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s acclaimed German-language 1981 U-boat movie Das Boot – The Boat – will film as a drama series across multiple European locations.
Petersen’s film – which has also screened as TV dramas in longer cuts – told the fictionalised story of the crew of German U-boat U-96 as they targeted Allied ships in the Atlantic in 1941.
The new drama will film in France, Malta, Prague and Munich, from August.
La Rochelle on the west coast of France was the operating base for U-96 in the film, and production companies Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment will return there to shoot scenes for the new drama.
France’s international production appeal has surged since the government boosted the country’s Tax Rebate for International Productions at the beginning of last year.
Malta is renowned for its water tank facilities and has hosted scenes for the modern piracy feature Captain Phillips, waterborne period adventure Kon-Tiki and, indeed, the Second World War submarine film U-571.
Prague’s production facilities are spearheaded by Barrandov Studios, which has 13 separate sound stages and an expansive back lot, and has hosted dramas including National Geographic’s Genius and historical series Britannia.
Submarine stories tend to use a mix of filming techniques to capture the unique physical confinements of the setting. Kevin Macdonald’s 2014 feature Black Sea follows a submarine crew as they search for underwater treasure, and was filmed partly on a privately-owned Soviet sub in south-east England, and on a set at Pinewood Studios.
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