Bavaria Fiction starts to film Sky Original series Der Kaiser

Bavaria Fiction starts to film Sky Original series Der Kaiser
Filming has recently begun in Prague on the Sky Original film Der Kaiser with Klaus Steinbacher (Das Boot, Oktoberfest 1900) in the leading role. Other roles are played by Ferdinand Hofer (Tatort München), Teresa Rizos (J.G.A.), Stefan Murr (The Ibiza Affair), Oliver Konietzny (Kids Run), Bettina Mittendorfer (Zimmer mit Stall), Heinz-Josef Braun (Hindafing), Christine Eixenberger (Marie fängt Feuer) and Sina Tkotsch (UP UP).
Der Kaiser is produced by Bavaria Fiction on behalf of Sky Studios. The biopic is directed by Tim Trageser (Der Lissabon Krimi - Die verlorene Tochter, The Magic Kid) with Martin Rauhaus (Allmen, Endlich Witwer) responsible for the script. Director of Photography is Eckhard Jansen (Der weiße Äthiopier). Developed by Markus Zimmer (Enfant Terrible, Confessions of Felix Krull), "Der Kaiser" is executive produced by Stephan Bechtle (Väter allein zu Haus, IK1 – Touristen in Gefahr) for Bavaria Fiction and by Frank Jastfelder (Das Boot, Pagan Peak) for Sky.

The film will be broadcast at the end of 2022. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for international distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.


This movie about footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer (nicknamed “Der Kaiser” – “The Emperor” – by the press) tells the biography of a man who fights against the rigid structures and outdated rules in football and fights for self-determined action as a sports personality. Also, he allowed himself to freely conduct his private life as he wished outside of the moral concepts and expectations of his time. He develops a sovereign and emancipated approach to the media.

This story takes place against the backdrop of breathtaking games and tournaments, culminating in the World Cup titles of 1974 and 1990 – and, of course, the colourful and fun-loving sixties to eighties, when Beckenbauer enjoys life to the full.