Arab Today, arab today french scifi film may be made abroad because of usuk stars
Last Updated : GMT 21:34:07
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

French sci-fi film may be made abroad because of US-UK stars

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today French sci-fi film may be made abroad because of US-UK stars

French screenwriter and producer Luc Besson
Paris - AFP

"Valerian", an upcoming big-budget French sci-fi movie, may have to be filmed outside of France because it will star American and British actors, its director, Luc Besson, said this week.

The filmmaker, perhaps best known globally for his high-octane -- and English-language -- "Transporter" and "Taken" movie franchises and "The Fifth Element", explained to French radio that "Valerian" would likely not qualify for French tax credits because it would be filmed in English, not French.

Those credits are vital for the movie, which will star Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan and whose budget of around 170 million euros ($195 million) -- unprecedented for France -- rivals those of big Hollywood productions.

"There's a small problem called tax credits... I have a French film being made in English so I have the right to zero (credits) as a French film," Besson told radio station RTL on Monday.

Even if he tried to pass the movie off as a foreign production, he said he would still not qualify because his production company EuropaCorp is French.

"I'm in a legal black hole," he complained.

As a result, "I don't know if I can film it in France" even though "I want to make it in my country with a French crew".

He noted that, if he filmed in Hungary, he could recover credits worth up to 40 percent of his company's investment.

"I'm a patriot, but 15 to 20 million (euros) starts to get a bit heavy."

Besson's public airing of the problem, which seemed aimed at pressuring French authorities, came weeks after EuroCorp confirmed that the 56-year-old French filmmaker had become a US tax resident. Besson says he still pays most of his taxes in France.

"Valerian", which is slated for a July 2017 release, is based on a long-running French graphic novel series started in the 1960s about an eponymous space- and time-travelling agent and his smart and sexy female companion Laureline.

DeHaan, a 29-year-old American actor who played the villain Green Goblin in 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", will be the star of the movie, alongside 23-year-old British model-actress Delevingne as Laureline. Clive Owen, also a Briton, will play a space commander.

Filming of the movie is expected to start early next year and 1,200 crew members will be involved in the six-month shoot.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today french scifi film may be made abroad because of usuk stars Arab Today, arab today french scifi film may be made abroad because of usuk stars

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today french scifi film may be made abroad because of usuk stars Arab Today, arab today french scifi film may be made abroad because of usuk stars

 



Arab Today, arab today Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
View News in Arabic - Culture: أفلام عربية
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday