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Babylon A.D. (2008) Poster

(2008)

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When the film was released, director Mathieu Kassovitz called it a "bad episode of 24 (2001)." In an interview with amctv.com, Kassovitz said that Twentieth Century Fox interfered throughout production, and he never had a chance to shoot a scene the way it was scripted, or the way he wanted it to be.
The round Sigil Tattoo seen on Vin Diesel's neck is known as "The Gate of the Necronomicon" and is protective, symbolizing Man, the Creator and The Watchers.
Vin Diesel dropped out of the lead role of Hitman (2007) to star in this movie.
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The movie got almost no promotion, due to a feud between Mathieu Kassovitz and Fox studios over the final version.
The film had to be bailed out by the studio's insurance company, after running over-budget and falling significantly behind schedule.
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Was not screened for US critics.
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The Cyrillic tattoo on Vin Diesel's left hand reads "SLON" ("Elephant") which stands for "Solovetsky Lager' Osobogo Naznacheniya" (Solovki Special Purpose Camp), one of the earliest GULAG's encampments (1923-1933). Later, this tattoo was popular among criminals, with a new interpretation: "Smert' Legavym Ot Nozha!" (Death for Cops From a Knife!).
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In March 2007, the film crew in the Czech Republic took a two-week hiatus to deal with uncooperative weather, such as the lack of snow, and problems with set construction.
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The film is based on the novel "Babylon Babies" by Maurice G. Dantec.
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Mathieu Kassovitz developed the film adaptation for five years.
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The aircraft on which Toorop, Sister Rebeka and Aurora are flying to NY is a Boeing-787 "Dreamliner". This is the first appearance of this airplane in a movie. However the interior shot shows them sitting on seats most likely belonging to the cabin equipment of a Boeing-737.
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French actor Vincent Cassel was initially sought to be cast in the lead role.
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Oakley products were used throughout the film. Vin Diesel uses an Oakley Icon Backpack 2.0 and Factory Pilot gloves, and an assortment of Snow Frame goggles in the snow bike chase are on all the actors. Although they never made it on the final cut, there is a still photo of Dieel, on the DVD case, wearing Oakley O-ROKR mp3 glasses, slightly modified, after he is fixed by the doctor, who brought him back to life.
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