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APW/7/3 - Berlin Noir / Bernie Gunther Trilogy

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Berlin Noir / Bernie Gunther Trilogy
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Introduction: BERLIN NOIR is an omnibus volume of three novels which were originally published independently: MARCH VIOLETS, THE PALE CRIMINAL and A GERMAN REQUIEM. They are set in Berlin and Vienna, just before and after the Second World War, and feature Bernie Gunther, a wise-cracking private eye and ex-cop. (Letter, Anya Waddington to Horst Jantschek (Silver Arrows Productions Ltd), 20/9/94).

Early papers in this file relate to the individual publications.

Terms on which Carl Shenkel would acquire an option for obtaining cinematographic rights to the novel MARCH VIOLETS (letter, AP Watt to William Morris Agency, 9/3/90).

Correspondence with Lauren Taylor (Taylor-Made Productions, California) on the possibility of making a feature film on MARCH VIOLETS, January 1991.

Comments from Nick Elliott (London Weekend Televisions Ltd) on the obstacle in creating a TV adaptation of the Bernie Gunther trilogy, November 1991.

Correspondence with Silent Sunset Productions, Antwerp for film rights and a one year option on all three books in the Bernie Gunther trilogy, 1991-1992. Other interested parties include Quattro Cento Productions, Calif., Fireside Entertainment, and Dorothy Viljoen on behalf of Wall to Wall Television Ltd.

Draft agreement between Wall to Wall and PK whereby Wall to Wall acquire television programme rights in the Bernie Gunther trilogy.

Correspondence with Sir John Terry who is representing Barry Matthews. Options are sought on television rights in the three Bernie Gunther novels, 1992. An agreement does not appear to have been reached.

AP Watt makes a number of approaches in offering the now lapsed rights, 1/5/94 to the Bernie Gunther stories. Rights were originally optioned to Wall to Wall.

Details of the agreement with Horst Jantschek (Silver Arrows) for an option on PK’s Bernie Gunther trilogy, 21/12/94.
Draft agreements between PK and Halcyon Pictures Ltd for rights in the literary work BERLIN NOIR.

Correspondence with Horst Jantschek (Halcyon Pictures) on an outstanding payment on film and television rights in the BERLIN NOIR books, 13/4/95.

Letter from Halcyon Pictures confirming an option agreement entered into and the assigning to Cine Images, all rights, title and interest acquired by PK under the Option Agreement dated 20/2/95. (Letter, 31/8/95).

Correspondence with Horst Knechtel (Cine Images) on the option rights in the BERLIN NOIR books which are signed over from Halcyon Pictures to Cine Images, September 1995.
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