Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck will direct a $20 million English-language biopic “Karl Marx,” tracing the young adventures of the German philosopher and revolutionary says The Hollywood Reporter.
Set between 1830-1848, the project includes Marx’s time in Paris before being expelled to Brussels and culminating with the publication of the Communist Manifesto.
The story also will encompass Marx’s love for his aristocratic wife Jenny von Westphalen, and his friendship with Friedrich Engels, with whom he co-authored the Manifesto. The screenplay is co-written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer (“Lumumba”).
No cast is yet attached, but principal characters will necessarily be young. Shooting begins February in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg for release at the end of that year.