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Sunday 19 November 2017

Waltz to make directorial debut

Christoph Waltz is set to direct a movie
Christoph Waltz is set to direct a movie

Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz is to direct his first film, while riding high on his awards success.

The Austrian-born actor has scooped a bunch of gongs - including an Oscar - for his portrayal of a charismatic Nazi in Tarantino's comedy thriller, the film which gave him his big break.

Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals he is to direct German-language movie Auf Und Davon (Up And Away), based on a script he wrote, and may also act in the film.

The movie is about the ruthless host of a dating show competition, who finds herself in over her head when the show's romantic storyline bumps into her own feelings for a contestant.

Gabriela Bacher, of Fox International Productions, said: "This love story reflects Christoph's formidable sense of humour."

The movie will be loosely based on Meike Winnemuth and Peter Praschl's German-language novel Auf Und Davon.

Christoph, 53 - who revealed he struggled for years to get work as an English-speaking actor before bagging the role in Inglourious Basterds - has been working on the script for some time, and previously directed for German television.

Producers discussed signing the film project with him shortly after Inglourious Basterds was screened at Cannes in 2009.

Christoph appears as an animal trainer in the upcoming Water For Elephants and has also completed production on The Green Hornet. He is currently considering other projects, including A Little War Of Our Own, and so is unlikely to begin work on Auf Und Davon until 2011.

It's not known whether the film will be released outside of German speaking countries.

Press Association

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