August 12, 2011

Blake to script Winnetou movie

'Dances With Wolves' Screenwriter To Adapt German Western 'Winnetou'

Oscar-winner Michael Blake to pen script for "Winnetou" remake.

By Scott Roxborough
German mini-major Constantin Film is planning a revival of one of the country's most beloved film franchises: the Winnetou series of Westerns based on the novels by German author Karl May. A remake of the Winnetou films has been rumored for years but now Constantin has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with the project. Writer Michael Blake, who penned the Oscar-winning script to Dances With Wolves, will adapt May's work for the screen. Constantin's Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz will produce.Comment:  Let's hope Blake doesn't follow the first book too closely, since Old Shatterhand the German was the star and Winnetou was his faithful Indian companion. In other words, let's hope he doesn't turn the movie into another Dances with Wolves.

For more on Winnetou, see Rob Questions Winnetou Movie and Germans Plan Winnetou Movie.

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