BEIJING: Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios is poised to be the next shooting destination of a multi-million dollar Hollywood film next year.
Creative Content Association Malaysia (CCAM) and MULU Global Creative Cultures Development (Beijing) Inc, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understandings for “Alien City” to be shot in Iskandar.
Tony Meng, chief executive officer of Imola Media Limited, a Chinese media and entertainment consulting company, which is participating in the film production activities, said filming, with a minimum budget of RM50mil (US$15mil), would start next year.
Besides the United States and China, Malaysia and Indonesia would also be involved in the production works, he said.
Meng expressed confidence about doing the shooting at Pinewood Studios, which is well known for the filming of the United States’ Netflix drama series, ‘Marco Polo’.
â€œAlthough the drama series (Marco Polo) has yet to be screened, Pinewood Studios is definitely our first choice for the shooting.
â€œMoreover, the film is about a story that happened in Southeast Asian countries,” he said.
Meng was speaking to Malaysian journalists after the MoU signing ceremony here on Wednesday.
The ceremony was held on the sideline of a two-day Asean Cultural Week 2014: Asean-China Film and TV Co-production and Tourism Forum themed, ‘Emerging Creativity: Celebrating Asean Diversity Through Films, here, beginning Tuesday.
The forum was organised by the Malaysian embassy in Beijing and co-organised by nine other Asean countries, in conjunction with the 40th Asean-China Cultural Exchange Year and 40th Malaysia-China Diplomatic Anniversary.
Also present was Tourism Malaysia, Beijing Office director Noran Ujang.
The MoUs were signed between CCAM chief executive officer Datuk Mahyidin Mustakim and founder of MULU Jasmine Kho.
After the signing of the agreements, Mahyidin said both CCAM and MULU would play a role as facilitators to provide the film production assistance.
For instance, when they want to do the shooting in Malaysia, CCAM will assist them in getting the shooting licences, logistic arrangement, shooting equipment rentals, transportation, accommodation, the 30 percent cash rebate application and so on, he said.
Meanwhile, Chinese director Jin Yimeng said she would put Malaysia on her next filming location list to take advantage of the 30 per cent cash rebate.
Jin who shot the popular Chinese romantic-comedy, ‘One Night Surprise’ starred by superstar Fan Bingbing in Penang two years ago, said she did not enjoy any incentive back then.
â€œOf course, with the introduction of the incentive, I will definitely consider Malaysia as the location of my next shooting,â€ she said, adding that her next production would be a scuba diving movie, to be probably filmed in Sabah’s Sipadan, or Indonesia.
The ministry of Communications and Multimedia of Malaysia launched the Film in Malaysia Incentive (FIMI) in 2013.
It allows international filmmakers who spend a minimum of RM5mil (US$1.56mil) on production costs, including postproduction activities in Malaysia to enjoy a 30 percent cash rebate. – Bernama