'RED' Director Robert Schwentke Set to Cook Up 'The Poison Kitchen'
The filmmaker is currently gearing up to shoot the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, but director Robert Schwentke will delve into his German roots for another project down the road. Variety reports the RED director is attached to helm The Poison Kitchen, a film from writer Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) that traces the rise of the Nazi Party by way of the Muenchener Post, the Munich newspaper which waged a war for more than a decade against the burgeoning Nazi Party and its leader Adolf Hitler, who referred to the infamous broadsheet as the "Munich Pest." More below!
Once the Nazis ascended to power in 1933, the paper was completely shut down after stormtroopers destroyed the editorial offices and printing presses, not to mention imprisoning the entire editorial staff. This sounds like a more unique drama like The Counterfeiters set during the Nazis rise to power, but apparently the aim of Constantin Film is have the story be more like a thriller rather than the usual historical-political dramas set during the same period. Executive Martin Moszkowicz says, "We've always wanted to do a movie about the ramp up to 1933: What happened in the early years, how did Hitler get to where he ended up and how did that work? That's really about this time." Sounds like a new direction for Schwentke, so I'm interested to see what he can do with this kind of material.