Roland Emmerich and Guy Ritchie are headed for the Isle of Man.
This unlikely filmmaking mecca — a foggy, rural tax haven in the middle of the Irish Sea — is effectively attracting movie shoots with its juicy incentives and increasingly sophisticated infrastructure.
The Isle of Man Film Commission, which typically provides 25% of budgets in return for shooting on the island, has agreed to co-finance Ritchie’s upcoming $20 million gambling movie “Revolver,” produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp.
It has also boarded Emmerich’s $35 million “The Soul of the Age,” based on a John Orloff script that delves into the relationship between William Shakespeare and the 17th Earl of Oxford. Project is being put together by L.A.-based French producer Marc Frydman.
So far this year, the Isle of Man has played host to John Malkovich in “Color Me Kubrick;” Johnny Depp and Malkovich again in “The Libertine’; and Peter Mullan and Brenda Blethyn in “On a Clear Day.”
Projects set to shoot on the island later this year include “The Monster of Longwood” starring Al Pacino.