Netflix nabs international rights to Hitler satire Look Who’s Back
James R | On 09, Feb 2016
Netflix has nabbed the international rights to Hitler satire Look Who’s Back.
The film was released in Germany last year, where it took around $22 million at the box office. Now, the streaming giant has swooped in to get the rights for release in all countries except for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan and Taiwan.
The movie is based on Timur Vermes’ novel and imagines what it would be like if Hitler woke up in his old bunker – now a residential area in Berlin – 70 years after the war ended. His party has gone, Eva Braun is dead and Germany is so multicultural he doesn’t recognise it. After being mistaken for a comedian, though, he ends up with an unlikely television career.
The film is directed by David Wnendt, with producer Constantin Film taking a leaf from Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat model, placing its character (played by unknown actor Oliver Masucci) into real-life situations.
Borat meets The Man in the High Castle? Look Who’s Back will be released worldwide on Netflix on Saturday 9th April.
Photo: Constantin Film