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3 items from 2015


Thailand Poised to Establish Location Filming Incentives

12 August 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thailand’s military government this week approved plans to create financial incentives that are intended to help attract foreign films to shoot in the country.

At the same time the government denied that a release certificate had been turned down to Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson-starring film “No Escape” (previously “The Coup”). The John Erick Dowdle-directed film, which shot in Thailand, could have threatened the sensitivities of the current regime. It depicts the violent events of a government overthrow in Southeast Asia.

The cabinet gave approval in principle to a scheme under which a cash rebate would be paid at the rate of 15% of every 30 million baht ($860,000) spent in the country. Additional rebates could also be earned, worth 10% of spend, if the movie promoted a positive image of Thailand, and a further 5% if it also employed Thai performers.

The scheme would be capped at $2.86 million per year, though »

- Patrick Frater

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Steven Paul Sets Good Times Film Venture With Thailand Property Mogul (Exclusive)

7 July 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood producer Steven Paul has teamed with Thai real estate mogul Pimol Srivikorn to launch movie production company Good Times Films.

The company will focus on film production in Thailand with annual output of 2 or 3 movies per year. All will be shot in English. Movies will be jointly financed by Paul and Srivikorn and be made with fully financed budgets of $3 million-$50 million. Some are likely to be structured as co-productions with Chinese companies, in which case Good Times would provide up to 20% of the budget.

Distribution, including in Thailand, will be effected through the multi-territory deal between Paul’s Sp International and Sony Pictures Releasing that was signed earlier this year.

First up will be the previously announced “Born to Be Ghosts,” which will shoot from early 2016 predominantly in China and partially in Thailand and be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13: Ultimatum”). “Born” is a $35 million thriller being »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Kickboxer’ Crew Members Receive Pay 2 Months Late

10 February 2015 6:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

About 180 union crew members on the remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Kickboxer” have received their pay — two months after the wrap of filming in New Orleans.

Producer Dimitri Logothetis and production accountant Jenna Thornsberry told Variety that all the employees paid as of last week.

Logothetis said the producers, who paid over $500,000 in the late payments, had been surprised by a bridge lender pulling out in December. The failure to pay members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees provoked a strong response from Mike Miller, president of the union’s motion picture division.

Van Damme joined the reboot of “Kickboxer” after it began shooting in New Orleans, replacing Tony Jaa in the Master Chow role. Logothetis said the film, directed by John Stockwell, will shoot for two more weeks in Thailand this month.

Other producers are Ted Field of Radar Films and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer are executive producing. »

- Dave McNary

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