DEN­ZEL’S CAPE TOWN THRILLER

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MELANIE PETERS

IT’S GO­ING to be a star-filled sum­mer in Cape Town. In the com­ing weeks the city’s film in­dus­try will host Os­car­win­ner Den­zel Washington, Hollywood hot­tie Ryan Reynolds and ris­ing stars Karl Ur­ban and Olivia Thirlby.

Washington and Reynolds will be here to shoot the ac­tion movie Safe House and Ur­ban ( Star Trek, Lord of the Rings) and Thirlby ( Juno) will be star­ring in Dredd, a 3D sci-fi movie also be­ing filmed lo­cally.

Safe House, which is in pre­pro­duc­tion, will be di­rected by Daniel Espinosa and starts film­ing in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources. Washington’s co-star, Ryan Reynolds, re­cently wrapped the su­per­hero epic Green Lantern.

Safe House is about a young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must trans­port a dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal (Washington) to safety af­ter they are at­tacked at a safe house.

The mak­ers of District 9 and the hit Bri­tish movies Love, Ac­tu­ally, The Beach and The Last King of Scot­land are in Cape Town to film Dredd, based on the Bri­tish sci-fi comic book char­ac­ter Judge Dredd.

Ur­ban plays the fu­tur­is­tic law­man in the 3D film which co-stars Thirlby. Dredd starts shoot­ing this month at the city’s R400 mil­lion Cape Town Film Stu­dio. Dredd is be­ing pro­duced by DNA Films and co- pro­duced by District 9’ s Michael Mur­phy. Pete Travis ( Van­tage Point) is di­rect­ing from a script by Danny Boyle col­lab­o­ra­tor Alex Gar­land.

Cape Town Film Stu­dio’s head Nico Dekker said land­ing Dredd was a “ma­jor scoop” as this is the first time this kind of cut­ting-edge 3D film-mak­ing technology is be­ing used here. “It is in­cred­i­ble – there are be­tween 400 and 600 peo­ple at work here ev­ery day. They are us­ing the whole stu­dio, 17 000 square feet, and four sound stages. A tremen­dous amount of skills are be­ing trans­ferred to the peo­ple work­ing in the lo­cal in­dus­try in the mak­ing of this film.”

This week lo­cal pro­duc­tion com­pany Moon­light­ing Films con­firmed it had a ma­jor Holly- wood fea­ture film on the cards for next year. The com­pany’s CEO Philip Key said “it’s big” but their con­tract pre­vented him from dis­clos­ing de­tails.

melanie.peters@inl.co.za

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