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Prague shooting sked fills up

'League,' 'Thunder,' 'Luther' among pics lensing in summer

PRAGUE — Prague’s film service companies are anticipating full dance cards for the second half of the year, as a number of films waltz onto the horizon. And with Jackie Chan starrer “Shanghai Knights” and ABC miniseries “Children of Dune” both freshly wrapped, the timing couldn’t be better.

Summer is already hosting Sean Connery starrer “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” Ray Bradbury indie sci-fi story “Sound of Thunder” and German-backed biopic “Luther.” However, both Barrandov and newcomer Prague Studios are facing a quiet fall.

Already set to land in Prague is “Hell Boy” produced and directed by Prague-filmed “Blade 2” team Patrick Palmer and Guillermo Del Toro. The comics-based story should start prepping this fall.

More returnees are hovering on the sidelines. Jackie Chan could be back in November for “Around the World in 80 Days,” directed by Frank Coraci with Paramount handling domestic distribution. ABC is also considering a September return, with Disney’s live-action “Sword in the Stone.” Robert Dornhelm, director of Emmy winning “Anne Frank” (another Prague product), will helm the 6-8 week shoot.

Also in early stages of discussion: creating a TV series out of the “Dune” franchise.

Universal could be Prague-bound for a January shoot of “Van Helsing,” yet another take on the Dracula story. “Mummy” helmer Stephen Sommers and producer Sam Mercer are attached to the CGI-heavy special effects film, which would settle in Prague for perhaps 70% of its shoot.

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