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Netflix Purchased The Rights To A Black Comedy Starring Adolf Hitler

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Following the winter release of the Adam Sandler-helmed comedy Western The Ridiculous 6, which was recently named the platform's most-watched movie launch ever, it looks like the streaming service is eager to repeat its success, even if it means going an unexpected route. Netflix has purchased the distribution rights to the German speculative black comedy Look Who's Back, which centers around a protagonist who may or may not be one of the most reviled figures in history — Adolf Hitler.

Based on a bestseller by novelist Timur Vermes, Look Who's Back ponders what would happen if the 20th century dictator (not to genocidal mass murderer), played by German actor Oliver Masucci, were to suddenly come back to life 70 years after his death in Merkel-era Germany (even worse, Poland still exists, according to the fascist leader). Still as vitriolic, bigoted and anti-Semitic as he was before his suicide attempt, an overwhelmed Fürher is then mistaken for a comic and catapulted once again into a career in the limelight.

Obviously, this isn't the first time Vermes' work has been adapted for a visual medium: a movie version of Look Who's Back, directed by filmmaker David Wnendt, became a national sensation when it was released in theaters this past October, reaping $22 million in domestic sales.

Unfortunately for some, the film won't exactly be available everywhere: Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, Taiwan and (surprisingly) Germany are not included in the deal. 

Netflix is set to premiere the German-language film to its platform users on April 9 of this year.

Source: Constantin Film

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