Das Boot (TV series)

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Das Boot
Das Boot - Cast.jpg
From left to right: August Wittgenstein, Rick Okon and Franz Dinda
Based onDas Boot (novel) + Die Festung (novel)
by Lothar-Günther Buchheim
Directed byAndreas Prochaska
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Moritz Polter
  • Oliver Vogel
  • Jan S. Kaiser
  • Marcus Ammon
  • Frank Jastfelder
  • Jenna Santoianni
Production company(s)Bavaria Film
Original networkSky plc
Original release23 November 2018 (2018-11-23)

Das Boot is a 2018 German television series produced for the TV channel Sky[1][2] and a sequel to Das Boot (1981).

As the original film's plot ends in December 1941, the series' setting takes place nine months later, in 1942. The storyline is split into two narratives, one based on land, the other set around the submarine. The focus will be on both a German U-boat crew and the French resistance trying to disrupt their activities.


The series, set in 1942, focus on the narratives of the upcoming Resistance in La Rochelle and the claustrophobic life aboard U-612.[3][4]


  • Rick Okon as Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hoffmann, Kommandant (Kaleun/"Der Alte")
  • Vicky Krieps as interpreter Simone Strasser
  • Robert Stadlober as Hinrich Laudrup ("Smut")
  • Leonard Schleicher as Oberfunkmaat Frank Strasser
  • Rainer Bock as Fregattenkapitän Gluck
  • August Wittgenstein as Oberleutnant zur See Karl Tennstedt (1WO)
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Kriminalrat Hagen Forster
  • Vincent Kartheiser as Samuel Greenwood Jr.
  • James D'Arcy as Philip Sinclair
  • Thierry Frémont as Inspector Pierre Duval
  • Lizzy Caplan[5][6][7] as Carla Monroe
  • Olivier Chantreau as Émile Neal
  • Franz Dinda as Oberleutnant (Ing.) Robert Ehrenberg, (LI)
  • Philip Birnstiel as Leutnant zur See Benno Schiller (2WO)
  • Rafael Garreasen as Mechanikerobergefreiter Max von Haber
  • Leon Lukas Blaschke as Mechanikergast Thorsten Hecker
  • Ben Münchow as Diesel-Maschinenmaat Lutz Rizenhoff
  • Stefan Konarske as Korvettenkapitän Ulrich Wrangel
  • Leonard Kunz as Bootsmann Günther Maas
  • Fleur Geffrier as Margot Bostal
  • Kevin McNally as Samuel Greenwood Sr.
  • Pit Bukowski as Diesel-Maschinenmaat Pips Lüders
  • Hélène Seuzaret as Jacqueline Rossignol
  • Stipe Erceg as Martin Chaffrof
  • Robin Barde as Luc Ruchaud
  • Joachim Foerster as Electro-Maschinenmaat Ralf Grothe
  • Julius Feldmeier as Obersteuermann Eugen Strelitz
  • Klaus Steinbacher as Obermechanikermaat Josef Wolf
  • Marvin Linke as Funkgast Peter Kraushaar
  • Hubert Delattre as Claude Martin
  • Nastassja Girard as Celine Lapointe
  • Pierre Kiwitt as Korvettenkapitän Robert Schultz ("Bobby Schultz")
  • Wolfgang Rauh as Mechanikergefreiter Matthias Loidl
  • Max Schimmelpfennig as Steuermann Wilhelm Müller


In June 2015, it was announced that there would be a remake of the 1981 World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot.[8][9] In July 2016, it was announced that this would be a sequel in the form of an 8-part television series, directed by Andreas Prochaska.[10][11] The series would be produced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland, and Sonar Entertainment.[12]

The cast for the series was announced in September 2017.[13] Production began in November 2017 and ended in July 2018. The series premiered on 23 November 2018, on multiple European channels of Sky plc.[14][15] The air rights were sold into more than 100 countries before the series premiered.[14]

Like the original film, the series is based on Lothar-Günther Buchheim's 1973 book Das Boot, but with additions from Buchheim's 1995 sequel Die Festung.[5][2]

The submarine used in filming the series was the non-diving replica built in Malta as the 'modified' S-33 for the film U-571, also shot in Malta. Footage, sets and models from that movie have been reused for other productions, including Submerged, depicting the loss of USS Sailfish, and the fictional Ghostboat.[16] The replica is still afloat, moored in Marsa in the inner part of the Grand Harbour. A special rig was built for the production by a Maltese armoury team, that allowed the submarine's anti-aircraft gun to both fire and recoil, something not done before with a blank-firing gun.

Malta, Germany (Munich), France (La Rochelle), and Czech Republic (Prague) were chosen for the location shooting, which started on 31 August 2017 and finished after 105 days on 20 February 2018.[5][2][1][17] The budget was $32.8 million.[18]


  1. ^ a b Germany, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart. "Dreharbeiten in München: „Das Boot" als Serie: Und es hat Ping gemacht!". stuttgarter-zeitung.de. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "„Das Boot" 2018 – Infos, Cast & Starttermin der Sky-Serie". kino.de. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "New event series "Das Boot" wraps in Malta". bavaria-fiction.de. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  4. ^ http://dramaquarterly.com/war-on-the-waves/
  5. ^ a b c "Das Boot • Die neue Serie – Starttermin & Stars". www.hoerzu.de. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ News.de-Redaktion. "Vicky Krieps: Alles im Kasten: Die wichtigsten Fakten zur Eventserie "Das Boot"". news.de. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.screendaily.com/news/das-boot-reboot-adds-tom-wlaschiha-vincent-kartheiser-james-darcy-thierry-fremont/5122658.article
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/25/das-boot-german-studio-remake-underwater-thriller-wolfgang-peterson
  9. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/das-boot-remake-planned-805038
  10. ^ Jacobs, Hans. "Das Boot Reboot". https://Handelsblatt Global.
  11. ^ "'Das Boot': Sky Deutschland & Bavaria Team On Big-Budget Event Series". 2016-06-23.
  12. ^ "Das Boot - Series in production". Bavaria Film.
  13. ^ "'Das Boot': Tom Wlaschiha, Vincent Kartheiser, James D'Arcy & Thierry Frémont Round Out Cast". 2017-09-25.
  14. ^ a b Germany, Westfälische Rundschau, Essen. "Serien-Remake von „Das Boot" kommt in Cannes gut an". wr.de. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.chip.de/news/Neu-bei-Sky-Kult-Film-Das-Boot-kommt-als-Serie-zurueck_95997457.html
  16. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Watch: TV submarine gets a WWII facelift". timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Sky-Dreharbeiten: „Das Boot"-Serie soll Ende 2018 starten". handelsblatt.com. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  18. ^ "New event series "Das Boot" wraps in Malta". bavaria-fiction.de. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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