Das Boot submarine drama filming in France
A TV drama sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s classic 1981 submarine movie Das Boot – The Boat – films in France this week.
La Rochelle on the country’s Atlantic coast was developed by the Germans in the Second World War as a naval base and the fortifications were so effective that they remain to this day.
The new £25m eight-part drama of Das Boot is being made as a sequel to the original film, which ended with the crew of U-96 returning to La Rochelle after a deployment in the Atlantic.
Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment are producing the series.
A 67-metre-long, 240-tonne replica of a German U-boat has been shipped to La Rochelle for the shoot, Sky News reports.
“There's a big responsibility taking on a project of this scale, especially given the name and the history attached to it,” said Holger Reibiger, a producer on the new drama, in comments to Sky.
“Germans will watch this and no doubt they will compare – that is real pressure. I really hope we can do it justice.
“We have German stars, French stars and American stars in the cast, but if you ask me the real star is the actual U-boat itself.”
France has had a profile boost over the past couple of years since expanding its filming incentive programme, known as the Tax Rebate for International Productions, or TRIP. Christopher Nolan’s war movie Dunkirk was one of the first international projects to use the increased rebate support.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in France.