New alliance could bring more US films to Italy
Leone Film Group in Italy has made a production alliance with Cinecitta Studios in Rome to deliver more Hollywood films.
Leone already has a relationship with US studio Lionsgate and – in tandem with Cinecitta – has been servicing Keanu Reeves’ action sequel John Wick: Chapter Two for the Rome leg of its shoot.
The plan is for Leone Film Group to build on its international reach and help bring more high-profile international shoots to Cinecitta.
“The agreement allows us to further leverage our privileged rapports with many American producers to bring to Italy more productions with increasingly higher budgets and greater artistic contents,” says Raffaella Leone, head of Leone Film Group. “John Wick: Chapter Two could well turn out to be just the first of a long series.”
Italy has boosted its filming incentive support with an increased film fund of €140m annually and international producers have responded. Leone Film Group saw its revenue soar by around 50% in 2015 compared to the previous year.
A remake of historical epic Ben-Hur recently filmed entirely on location in Italy and Rome has hosted high-profile productions like Spectre and Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2.
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