Film London Announces New Movies Shooting in the City
Date posted: 09.08.2012
Film London has announced a number of blockbuster films shooting in the capital.
At an event co-hosted with the Mayor of London and London & Partners. Chief Executive Adrian Wootton revealed that Fast and Furious 6, Ridley Scott's The Counselor, Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan and Kick-Ass 2 are filming in London in the second half of 2012.
Fast and Furious 6 starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson began shooting last week. Executive producer Amanda Lewis was at the event to outline some of the ambitious and dramatic set pieces taking in iconic London locations including King's Cross, Wembley and Canary Wharf.
Producer Neal H. Moritz said "we're excited to bring the next chapter of The Fast & The Furious franchise to one of the world's most amazing cities. The locations that are available only in London play an integral part of our story, and we're grateful to the people of the city for welcoming the production as we film here."
With an all star cast including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem, Film London is supporting the production of Ridley Scott's new feature The Counselor, which has been shooting successfully in London throughout the Olympics. Executive producer Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Mamma Mia) said "Film London's support has been invaluable in our negotiations with landmark locations in the capital and we are grateful for their assistance in ensuring the smooth running of the shoot during the Olympic Games."
Following his performance in the Opening Ceremony, Kenneth Branagh will be in the capital to direct thriller Jack Ryan, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld. While stars Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage reunite for Kick-Ass 2, the sequel of the critically acclaimed of Kick Ass, which will begin shooting in the capital later this year.
Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said, "With the success of the Olympics we have an incredible platform to build on and Film London is working to ensure we keep the momentum up and continue to drive vital investment into the UK through film and TV production."
A global filming hub, London is home to approximately 75% of the UK industry. Actors and producers alike joined the event at the Barbican to talk about the experience of filming in London.
Harry Potter star Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) joined Josh Berger, President and MD of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, at the event to speak about their experience of filming in London, and about the studio's new UK permanent production base, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, and the capital's newest tourist attraction, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, "London has an incomparable film heritage and thanks to the unique opportunities for film-makers, including amazing locations that are recognisable the world over, we are delighted that more and more productions are deciding to set up shop in London."
Wootton added "We've had everyone from Bourne to Bond and Bridget Jones running through the capital, creating iconic images of the city seen the world over. I am delighted to be announcing another fantastic list of titles shooting here this year."
Feature films shooting on location and in the city's studios generated over £950m from production spend alone for the UK economy in 2011. Since Film London launched in 2004 there has been a 30% rise in filming in the capital and the city now welcomes an average of 35 crews on the streets of London every day.
As well as providing on the ground support to feature films, the agency has been instrumental in making the city more attractive to film-makers. This includes implementing vital legislation which allows productions to close roads for filming, as well as managing the London Filming Partnership - an active network of over 250 organisations, boroughs and locations who are committed to making London a film friendly city.
Read the full press release here.