German firm to film tale of kidnap victim Kampusch

Fri May 28, 2010 10:02am EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters) - A German production company plans to film the story of kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian schoolgirl who was held in a cell beneath a house garage for over eight years after her abduction in 1998.

Producer Bernd Eichinger, whose recent films include Downfall and The Baader Meinhof Complex, will produce the movie for Constantin Film, the Munich-based firm said.

"I really appreciate that Natascha Kampusch has put her faith in us to film her story," Eichinger said in a statement.

Filming on the project is due to start in 2011, with the film scheduled to appear in cinemas the following year. It was not yet clear who would play Kampusch or direct, the firm said.

The plight of Kampusch, now 22, made headlines worldwide after her escape in August 2006. Her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, 44, committed suicide hours after she escaped.

In 2008, the country again became the center of international media attention when it emerged that Austrian man Josef Fritzl had locked up and raped his daughter in a cellar over 24 years, fathering seven children with her.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch leaves a civil court after testifying in Graz May 15, 2008. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader</p>