Monster mash at Babelsberg

Studio takes co-prod duties on 'Alien vs. Predator'

BERLIN — Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alien vs. Predator” may be shooting in the soundstages of Studio Babelsberg’s main competitor, Prague’s Barrandov Studios, but that hasn’t stopped Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures subsidiary Babelsberg Film from coming on board the project as a co-producer.

With Babelsberg Film down as the third European co-producer, the pic is free to take advantage of the European Convention’s film co-production treaty and, more specifically, of the British sale-and-lease back schemes available to Fox, which is also partnering with Prague-based production services outfit Stillking.

“Alien vs. Predator” is the fourth major international production for Babelsberg following “Bourne Supremacy,” which is set to roll at the studio Nov. 24, “Around the World in 80 Days” and last year’s “The Pianist.”

Babelsberg is also set to host Kevin Spacey’s Bobby Darin biopic “Beyond the Sea,” which is being co-produced by Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods. and U.K.-based Archer Street with funding from British equity financer Visionview and tentatively slated to shoot this month on the Babelsberg backlot.

It’s a definite rebound for the studio, which suffered a drastic drop in production following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

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