As the city of Rome says goodbye to the Swedish star Anita Ekberg, possibly the most beautiful icon of the Dolce Vita, a second wave of international movies seems to be starting in Rome’s studios with 150 million € (180 mln $) invested in the local cinema industry.
A recently approved tax credit for foreign productions is boosting this new surge in film making here with Cinecittà now less dependent on TV series, programs and commercials.
The most famous movie is Spectre, the next James Bond film produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Daniel Craig (for the fourth time as James Bond) will race his Aston Martin around Rome on March 12. Most of the sequences will be shot along the Tiber river, near castle S. Angelo. They will also include a high-speed night-time car chase through the narrow streets around the Vatican. A parachuting scene will also take place while a car will dive into the river’s waters.
The 24th James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes who also directed Skyfall, will also feature the Italian star and former model Monica Bellucci one of Italy’s sex symbols.
Still in the pre-production stage, the sequel of the 2001 fashion movie Zoolander features Ben Stiller as actor and director. Produced by Paramount Pictures. Shootings in Rome should begin in March and last until June.
Remake of the 1959 classic that won 11 Oscars, it is being shot in Cinecittà. Script by the Oscar-awarded John Ridley. Shootings start in February and should last about 4 months. Starring Morgan Freeman.
CHRIST THE LORD
From Annie Rice’s novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” the movie, which is already being filmed in the Cinecittà studios, is about Jesus’ childhood. It will be in US theaters in March 2016.