Unique: Filming has started in Saudi Arabia on Gerard Butler action motion picture Kandahar, which will become the very first major-spending budget U.S. aspect to shoot in the country’s touted AlUla region.
Developed by John Wick outfit Thunder Highway Films and Capstone, Kandahar reunites Butler with his Greenland and Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh.
Butler stars as Tom Harris, an undercover CIA operative, caught deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. He have to struggle his way out, alongside his Afghan translator, to an extraction issue in Kandahar, all while staying away from the elite exclusive forces tasked with searching them down.
Signing up for the solid are Victoria & Abdul and Dying On The Nile star Ali Fazal and Homeland, 24 and Legion star Navid Negahban.
The film is the initially Hollywood output to shoot in the country’s hanging northwestern AlUla region, which is residence to the UNESCO Entire world Heritage Web-site of Hegra. It will also shoot in Jeddah and has had backing from the Saudi Movie Fee, so will recruit area crew and extras. Producers have tapped into the local rebate plan.
In cultural and filmic terms, the AlUla ‘project’ is at the forefront of the government’s Vision 2030 plan to modernize the state. The Movie AlUla company has been lively at festivals and in the media at advertising and marketing the region as a desired destination for intercontinental shoots. The spot is eye-catching, combining preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, ancient dwellings and purely natural monuments.
Saudi Arabia is rising in reputation as a place for intercontinental shoots. Among tasks to have not too long ago shot there are horror film Cello with Jeremy Irons and Rupert Wyatt’s Desert Warrior with Anthony Mackie, which stays in generation. Desert Warrior and Kandahar are the initial two sizeable Hollywood flicks to shoot in their entirety in the KSA. In the meantime, the country’s initial at any time film pageant receives underway future week.
Capstone is financing Kandahar together with Middle East media group MBC Studios. Producers are Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and Brendon Boyea for Thunder Highway, G-Base’s Alan Siegel and Butler, and Christian Mercuri of Capstone. David Haring, Scott LaStaiti, Ruzanna Kegeyan, Andrea Dimity and Jonathan Fuhrman are government producers. Capstone is dealing with worldwide income when CAA Media Finance reps U.S. legal rights and organized financing.
Screenplay arrives from Mitchell LaFortune, based on his very own encounters as a armed forces intelligence officer in the course of the Snowden leaks.
Capstone head Christian Mercuri reported: “Both the allure and challenge of taking pictures in these an astounding location as AlUla was an prospect none of us could pass up. The help from the Film Commission and Saudi federal government has been remarkable and we are beyond thrilled to be in output and witnessing Gerry, Ric and Basil carrying out their factor.”
Stephen Strachan, Film Commissioner at Film AlUla, extra: “We are thrilled to officially start off creation on Kandahar, and welcome the generation to the visually gorgeous county of AlUla. With such a noteworthy filmmaking group at the rear of the output, it is an unbelievable possibility for us to showcase not only the fascinating, different landscapes of AlUla, but also our local crews and talent that are being used by manufacturing. We are fired up to be ready to showcase AlUla to world audiences around the globe, and to open the doors to the location as a entire world-class filming destination.”
Ric Roman Waugh most just lately directed STX’s forthcoming element National Champions, starring Stephan James, JK Simmons, Uzo Aduba, Tim Blake Nelson, and Timothy Olyphant.
Fazal is repped by Julian Belfrage Associates, Bowery Artists and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. Negahban is repped by Modern Artists and Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman, Grodin.