Sky Deutschland and Bavaria Film are teaming on a $28.5 million TV adaptation of the books Das Boot and Die Festung from Lothar-Günther Buchheim, which also provided the basis for Wolfgang Petersen’s classic 1980s U-boat drama. The eight-part TV series will serve as a sequel of sorts to the film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director.
The TV series will follow on from the events of the film, with the crew of the U 96 returning to La Rochelle in 1942 and exposed to an air raid on the harbor, killing a number of the crew. The series will focus predominantly on the German crew as they engage in the ensuing submarine warfare. Members of the French Resistance and Allied Forces will also feature.