A sequel to classic German film Das Boot – the remarkable tale of a crews’ high-pressure and claustrophobic life aboard a WWII German U-boat – will premiere on Sky Atlantic in autumn 2018.

The eight-episode sequel to the epic 1981 movie, based on the bestselling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, is a Sky Original Production and co-produced by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment, and will air across all five of Sky’s European territories; the UK, ROI, Germany, Austria and Italy. It will feature a renowned international cast including; Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), August Wittgenstein (The Crown), Vicky Krieps (Colonia Dignidad), Jonathan Zaccai (Robin Hood), Leonard Scheicher (Finsterworld), Robert Stadlober (Summer Storm), Franz Dinda (The Cloud) and Stefan Konarske (The Young Karl Marx).

The series will be directed by eminent filmmaker Andreas Prochaska, whose credits include Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) and Das Wunder von Kärnten (A Day for a Miracle), which was awarded the International Emmy. Prochaska’s further accolades include the Deutsche Filmpreis (German Film Award), the Romy, and the Bayerische Fernsehpreis (Bavarian Television Award). Tony Saint (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (Der Tunnel, Die Spiegel-Affäre) are the head writers. Executive Producers are Moritz Polter (Spotless, Crossing Lines) and Oliver Vogel (Dengler, SOKO Stuttgart) for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion; Marcus Ammon and Frank Jastfelder for Sky; and Jenna Santoianni (Taboo, The Shannara Chronicles) for Sonar Entertainment.

Filming for the pan-European production starts in August 2017 in La Rochelle (France), Prague, Malta and Munich.

Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, Executive Producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, commented: “Few TV projects are as hotly anticipated as the sequel to Das Boot. We’re excited to open the next chapter on board U-612 , with a cast of internationally renowned actors, a high calibre junior cast and acclaimed director Andreas Prochaska.“

Jenna Santoianni, EVP, Television Series, Sonar Entertainment, commented: “In a time when the word ‘classic’ has become over-used and trivialized, Das Boot is one of those rare, true originals that without question fits the description. The film – and the book it is based on – have both earned enormous acclaim. This new production – supported by tremendous writing, an acclaimed international cast and crew, and stunning locations - will be a fitting sequel to the iconic work that it follows.”

Carsten Schmidt, CEO of Sky Deutschland, commented: “The story of Das Boot is a unique and epic tale that sits perfectly with our range of top class Sky Original Productions. It joins an exciting slate of pan-European productions coming out of Sky that includes Babylon Berlin, The New Pope and Riviera”.