British author Philip Kerr has come on board to write the screenplay of Constantin Film’s "The Poison Kitchen," based on the chapter of the same name from Ron Rosenbaum’s best-selling book “Explaining Hitler."
Set in 1920s Munich, the story chronicles the rise of the Nazi Party through the eyes of the journalists at The Munich Post, who published anti-Nazi articles and tried to expose them as organized criminals. The journalists got under the Nazis’ skin so deeply that Hitler referred to them as “The Poison Kitchen” for cooking up lies about him.
Kerr’s vast body of work includes the Bernie Gunther thriller novels, which include “March Violets”, “The Pale Criminal” and “A German Requiem”, as well as many children’s books penned under the name P.B. Kerr. Kerr has also written non-fiction books.
As previously announced, Robert Schwentke is attached to direct.
Constantin Film Co-president Robert Kulzer and VP of Development & Production Margo Klewans will produce. Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film & TV, will executive produce.
Kerr is represented by CAA and A.P. Watt in the UK; Schwentke is repped by CAA.