POSTER BOY development announced, Gottfried von Cramm film produced by Bob & Co and David ParfittPublished on: 21st September 2017
Oscar winning producer David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love, My Week With Marilyn), Bob & Co and Paradine Productions announced today a new development deal with writer Patrick Ryecart for ‘Poster Boy’, a feature film based on the life of German tennis ace Gottfried von Cramm.
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In 1934 as Hitler’s Nazi Party is formed, Gottfried Von Cramm becomes the world’s most famous German, dominating the tennis world throughout the 1930’s. The German sporting idol presented all the physical ingredients to make Goebbels’s dream of the perfect Aryan a reality but Von Cramm constantly and publicly refused any association with the Nazi Party. As his fame and popularity grew, this global star became an enemy of the Nazis, often playing for his life on court and off. Von Cramm was imprisoned by the Hitler regime for immoral behaviour but international pressure forced his release. Now that he was free to pursue his international career, would the British tennis establishment support Von Cramm or Hitler?
Patrick Ryecart says: ‘I have been researching on this for many years initially supported by my dear friend the late David Frost and his company, Paradine. With a script now ready I am delighted to be working with Bob & Co and David Parfitt on this thrilling international story – I cannot think of a better group of people to help bring this incredible story to a wider audience.’
David Parfitt said: ‘Patrick has researched this story in incredible and precise detail and is now the world authority on Von Cramm. We are very excited that Patrick has entrusted us with his ‘baby’ and we look forward very much to bringing this story to the screen.’
Hilary Strong, newly appointed CEO of Bob & Co said: ‘This is exactly the sort of important international story that we’re looking to tell and we’re excited to be working again with David to bring it to the screen.’