…others love it, even filmmakers! I received numerous emails from people asking for me to stop the “real news” segment, and I have, but even though you may escape my wrath, you won’t be able to escape the feature films being made! Inspired by the Armin Meiwes cannibal story we reported on, filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is working on his own cannibal film, while several film companies are hunting down Meiwes’ story for their own. Read on for the full story and don’t forget, you can’t escape reality folks, some of life is filled with real horror..
Variety reports, “The true story of a Teutonic man-eater may be coming soon to theaters.
The murder trial of German cannibal Armin Meiwes in the city of Kassel has sparked interest among local filmmakers, who see in the grisly case dramatic material for a film.
Helmer Rosa von Praunheim (“The Einstein of Sex”) is developing a pic about cannibalism, although the filmmaker says his project is an original work and not based on the real-life case of Meiwes, who killed, carved up and ate a victim he says wanted to be cannibalized.
But Meiwes, a computer technician, may soon be inking a deal with another filmmaker looking to adapt his tale to the bigscreen. According to his lawyer Harald Ermel, the self-proclaimed cannibal is in talks with several film companies on a movie deal.
Meiwes, currently in jail, is at work on his memoirs, which will detail how he met his victim online. In March 2001 Meiwes advertised on the Internet for a young well-built man who wanted to be eaten. The victim replied.
Meiwes has admitted killing Bernd-Juergen Brandes and eating at least 20 kilograms of his flesh.
The defense says Meiwes is guilty at worst of “killing on demand,” which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
Crucial to the case is a gruesome videotape made by Meiwes of the entire evening, during which Brandes apparently makes clear his full agreement.
Echoing the onscreen dining proclivities of Hannibal Lecter, Meiwes told authorities he had laid the table with candles and his best cutlery and consumed his victim with a bottle of wine — a South African red, not a Chianti.”