Oliver Stone to shoot Snowden flick in Bavaria
by Birgit Heidsiek
- Principal photography for the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the whistleblower, will kick off in Munich in February 2015
The Special Funding Programme for International Co-Productions in Bavaria is attracting a growing number of renowned directors and huge feature-film projects. Following Big Game [+see also:
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The untitled project [+see also:
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The FFF Bayern is supporting the project with €1.6 million from the Special Funding Programme for International Co-Productions, which was launched in 2013. A huge part of the shoot, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sin City 2, Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises [+see also:
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The political thriller is produced by Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff, of LA-based production outfit Onda Entertainment, and Philip Schulz-Deyle, of Germany’s KrautPack Entertainment in Grünwald. Additional shooting locations will include Hong Kong and the US. Wild Bunch is set to handle the world sales of the picture, which will be released by Pathé in France, Open Road in the US and Universum in Germany.